This is an introduction to the people, animals, and objects of the Astoria system, the retro-futuristic backdrop for my exploration of dystopia and coming-of-age. The Astoria System is a new planet and its moons, discovered hidden within our Sun's system by an amateur astronomer in Astoria, Illinois, in the 1920's. Its two moons are found to be habitable and are colonized in the early 70â€™s. Fifteen years later, the first generation of Astoria youth are ascending into adulthood. The images follow them as they explore and grow in their world, more familiar to them than Earth could ever be.
Todd Alan Baxter is a fine art and commercial photographer currently residing in North America. His work, grounded by classic training but flush with Toddâ€™s modern sensibility and technological acuity, explores the challenges of being human. Toddâ€™s fine art and commercial work has shown throughout the United States in gallery, museum, and industry publications. He recently won second place for conceptual photography in the 2012 APA Annual Photo Awards, the 2012 Award of Excellence from Communication Arts, and a 2013 Cannes Lion for Design Photography.