Fake Plant with Barcode

Fake Plant with Barcode

Dye coupler print on paper, 5“ (h) x 7“ (w)


“This photograph begins in a ‘dollar store’ in Finland, referred to as a halpakauppa. These shops are known for having a wide variety of cheap, domestic objects such as pens, water pistols and sticker-books. I was searching for felt-tip black pens for drawing.

As the yellowish glow from the fluorescent track-lighting beamed across my camera lens, I began to take pictures trying my best to capture some sort of interesting composition. My camera lens soon navigated to what looked like a very full and proud standing plant. On the tip of one of the branches hung a large, rectangular barcode making me smile at this obvious juxtaposition of the ‘natural’ and the ‘artificial’.

After the photograph was taken I understood what I had done; I had taken a photograph of a fake plant with a barcode on it. I felt silly believing, even for a second, that such an idealized, handsome plant could exist in such a setting.

This real-life encounter with a fake plant humorously positioned me within a negotiation of the ‘real’ and the ‘unreal’. By nature of the photograph, this distinction is blurred even further, prompting the viewer to question this boundary.”