A fascinating new photo book shows how America’s cell phone masts are cleverly disguised as fake palm trees, fake cacti and even fake church crosses
- You can find the fascinating pictures in the book Fauxliage by photographer Annette LeMay Burke
- She writes that some of the disguises are so obviously fake that they actually draw attention to themselves
- In the preface, Ann M. Jastrab says that some of the photos look like a game of “Where’s Waldo?”
In the American West, unsightly cell phone masts are ingeniously camouflaged to blend in with their surroundings, as revealed in a fascinating new book by the photographer Annette LeMay Burke.
Faux lily (Daylight books) is a collection of fascinating landscape images that show the country’s telephone poles disguised as whimsical man-made palm trees, giant cacti, and even church crosses.
In the foreword, Ann M. Jastrab, Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, says: “First I saw picturesque landscapes. But wait, what happened in those views? Something was wrong. There were giant saguaro cacti, palm trees reflected in crystal clear ponds, and a towering pine tree in a barren desert. What was a pine tree doing in the middle of the Mojave Desert where there wasn’t even a tuft of grass nearby? I took a closer look. These weren’t real living trees at all …
“I couldn’t help but laugh and look again, and took off my hat to the brilliant title. It became almost like a game of Where’s Waldo? in some pictures. ‘
Meanwhile, Annette writes in the book: “Although I was initially drawn to the bizarre appearance of the towers, the more I photographed them, the more worried I was that the technology was secretly changing our environment. Would our children soon accept these towers as normal? ‘
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Annette discovered this trio of telephone poles disguised as towering palm trees in Palm Springs, California. The photographer argues that fake foliage “attracts more attention than it offers camouflage”.
A giant artificial cactus plant partially hides a telephone pole in Phoenix, Arizona
The wrong trees were called “Frankenpines”. This picture was taken in Provo, Utah
This picture from Annette’s new photo book was taken in Barstow, California. Annette says: “Although I was initially attracted to the bizarre appearance of the towers, the more I photographed them, the more worried I was that the technology was secretly changing our environment. Would our children soon accept these towers as normal? ‘
A well camouflaged telephone pole is pictured in Palo Alto, California
A telephone pole with a palm tree aesthetic in a drive through in La Mesa, California
The above picture shows a telephone tower disguised as a pine tree in Gorman, California
Annette took the above picture in Henderson, Nevada. She writes: “While the whimsical disguises are entertaining to look at, the towers pose privacy and environmental concerns. The often absurd pole disguise belies the device’s covert ability to collect all of the personal data transmitted by our cell phones.
Some of the telephone towers in the book are so cleverly hidden that they are difficult to see. The picture on the left was taken in San Lorenzo, California and the picture on the right was taken in Calimesa, that same state
Annette discovered these telephone pole crosses in Mesa, Arizona. In the foreword to this photo, Ann M. Jastrab writes: “The Holy Trinity in the local church really consists of three cell towers? I’m not religious, but that could be some form of blasphemy. Or genius, since the cell phone companies pay the church good money to plant them there.
A bison sculpture hides a telephone tower on the Wyoming / Colorado border
Fauxliage by Annette LeMay Burke, published by Daylight Books, is available now for $ 45.00 / CAN $ 58.99