Monday, May 5, 2003

Industrial Landscapes

Edward Burtynsky, Ferrous Bushling, Hamilton, Ontario 1997 Recently exhibited at the National Gallery, the photography of Edward Burtynsky : "Nature transformed through industry is a predominate theme in my work. I set course to intersect with a contemporary view of the great ages of man; from stone, to minerals, oil, transportation, silicon, and so on. To make these ideas visible I search for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis."

His professional site showcases some of his work, and I was particularly taken by his photos of "urban mines" of metal recycling and tires, and of "breaking ground" through railcuts, quarries and nickel tailings. Beautiful, even though they all made me kind of sad.

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