Thursday, 23 April 2009

Seeing beauty in industrial waste

There's no denying that man has a negative impact on much of the natural world. Industry has wrought many terrible destructive effects on the landscape.

A Canadian photographer, Edward Burtynsky, dedicates his work to photographing the places where there is a very evident negative impact from man on the physical environment.

The photographer travels all over the world to photograph nature transformed through industry, visiting mines, quarries, breakers' yards: those places where man’s negative impact on earth is undeniable.

In his words: "These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire - a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times."
Despite the ugly nature of much of the subject matter, many of the images have a strange beauty. Judge for yourself

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