We created a fine art project about GMOs for a gallery show at Gallery Twenty-Two, who is hosting a Charlotte photography show during the month of November. Our image shows a Monsanto-like company pumping chemicals into the roots of the man-made corn growing on the surface level. Â The many background elements are all showcasing various products that are created using corn. Â For instance, oil drilling requires a corn-byproduct that keeps the drilling fluids from spilling back to the surface. Â GMO corn feeds many people throughout the world because we grow so much of it, which is why we featured a helicopter air dropping food onto a village. Â There is an ethanol gas station, cows eating GMO feed, and people lining up to get their fill of high-fructose corn syrup. Â The photo also features FoodBabe, a mega-blogger who investigates our food supply and is very against GMOs in our food system. Â Learn more about her pursuits at foodbabe.com.
The final image, as usual, is a combination of photography and cgi. Â The corn cob, the lab, the landscape, the village and various smaller elements (such as the wooden stand and feeding troughs) are all created via 3D artistry and CGI. Â The sky, people, ambulance, gas station, and corn are all photos.
We tried not to make a judgement call on whether we as a society should be using GMOs. Â On one level, they can be supremely beneficial. Â For instance, scientists are working to change the genetic makeup of sweet potatoes so they can grow in the desert. Â Can you imagine if suddenly a new food crop could spring up in Africa and wipe out that continent’s food supply problem? Â Of course, the downfall is how untested these foods are. Â Several of our friends are doctors, including one who is a doctor/Chinese medicine practitioner specializing in autoimmune diseases, who claim that genetically modified wheat is causing a huge host of problems in the patients they treat. Â Sean is currently reading a book called Life at the Speed of Light by Craig Venter, a synthetic biologist who led the Human Genome Project, and it’s obvious from the book that science is quickly heading towards the creation of life forms to serve us. Â It’s a fun and exciting topic to discuss, which is why we used our CGI photography skills to create this fine art image. Â We hope you enjoy!