Building a photograph: Scott McFarland at Regen Projects

If Scott McFarland’s lush, dreamlike photographs seem unreal it’s because they are. Everything from people to buildings to trees are composites photographed on their own and later combined to form surreal, often panoramic landscapes. True, some of his work is more straightforward, like “Fallen Oak Tree,” which appears to be an actual tree fallen in perfect composition, two branches reaching artfully towards the sky. But knowing what we know about McFarland’s editing skills, we have to ask ourselves, Is it real? How much can you trust the artist and how much does that matter anyway when his photographs, or visual puzzles or whatever you choose to call them, are so striking?

Scott McFarland at Regen Projects II until July 3, 2009.