Through the lenses of the natural landscape and propaganda imagery, Angle of Draw examines the intersections of power, sustainability, and whiteness in the United States. Bush draws from propaganda imagery from the 1960s, and 1970s to create starkly lit black-and-white photographs in the studio and the physical landscape. Throughout his process, Bush considers the impact of the fossil-fuel industry on the natural environment, local economy, and future prospects of those left behind by corporations. The resulting series of images consider the ways framing the imagery impacts the national imagination—upholding systems of social, political, and economic control. The simplicity of the photographic frame and its ability to crop becomes an omnipresent weapon to censor nonbelievers and advertise a capitalist and androcentric ideology.
All images ©Shawn Bush