All our pleasant places is a series by Lex Thompson that looks at manifestations of hope and failure within the landscape of contemporary America. He explores parks, gardens, theme parks and zoos, looking for a sense of Manifest Destiny – the american myth of self expansion often believed to be fueled by an almost divine sense of optimism. As a young British photographer, his images don’t really communicate this to me, rather they convey an ironic look at the eccentricities of American culture and its relationship and place within the natural landscape.