Photographic Artist, Designer and Craftsman Amanda Dahlgren is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From her project ‘Master Planned’. To see Amanda’s body of works click on any image.
Master-Planned is a fine art photography series exploring the powerful allure created by the builders of today’s lavish residential communities. With their Stepford creations, builders play on our tendency to value the grandiose over the genuine by creating the illusion of prestige and instant community in a “custom-built” home.
Personally, I am attracted to the promise of a beautiful brand-new home in a family-oriented neighborhood with great parks, pools, and schools for my daughter. But in this series, I juxtapose this manufactured contemporary American dream with the realities of years of construction activity, and a house that is just like everyone else’s.
By Amanda Dahlgren