Tornadoes

Like No Tomorrow

In this series, I use a dystopian satire of the family portrait tradition to examine the limited choices of individuals caught in a system they fell they cannot control nor escape. Instead of the scenes of prosperity and scenic beauty traditionally used for studio portraits, I created backgrounds that depict various end-of-the-world scenarios or apocalyptic fantasies. Then, photographing families in my studio against a green screen, I composited the innocent portrait into a scene. In addition to the usual climate change-induced catastrophes, I also included escape narratives – a variety of beliefs by groups who believe they can escape consequences due to their wealth, as in “Preppers” or via divine intervention, as in “Rapture.”