I'm working on these mostly in the Front Range of Colorado. I like where your head is at and certainly appreciate the conversation and thoughts. There's plenty of landscape photographers who just shoot for pretty, and while the work is marketable (which honestly surprises me that it still is), it doesn't really add anything whatsoever to the growth of photography as a concept.
Interesting set you linked. Surprisingly enough, there's a ton of people doing almost that exact same thing in Shanghai. I even had a guy send me some 4x5s for drum scanning that he shot that were of the same concept. That idea is actually getting worn out which is why I've been working without any direct inspiration for these.