Turn the image Iberia Quarries #3 upside down and there it finally is – the inverted ziggurat that he had so long imagined. Compared with the deep perspective used in works by nineteenth-century photographers who worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Burtynsky's viewpoint is close and confrontational. Photographer Edward Burtynsky explores the subtle beauty amid the waste generated by slag heaps, dumps and factories. It is the largest peacetime evacuation in history. Not only are new cities emerging but immense urban renewal efforts are also underway. The abandoned mines and quarries, the piles of discarded tires, the endless fields of oil derricks, and the huge monoliths of retired tankers show how our attempts at industrial "progress" often leave a residue of destruction. We need to put our human perspective into these images, and our presence is dwarfed by the spaces we’ve created. Burtynsky also takes us to India, to witness the largest pilgrimage on the planet with 35 million people arriving to bathe in the Ganges to release them of their sins—an ancient spiritual belief in the cleansing power and sacredness of water. Our planetary system is affected by a magnitude of force as powerful as any naturally occurring global catastrophe, but one caused solely by the activity of a single species: us. As long as human needs and desires change, so too will the landscape. State-owned enterprises are rapidly being demolished and rebuilt at industrial parks outside the city, along with many other new factories. He shows us its remote sources, the transformation of desert into water-rich cities, the compromised landscapes of the American Southwest. I remember looking at buildings made of stone, and thinking, there has to be an interesting landscape somewhere out there because these stones had to have been taken out of the quarry one block at a time. [2] Burtynsky documents, in works that are ambitious in both size and scope, industrial sites, desecrated landscapes, and the … “The concept of the landscape as architecture has become, for me, an act of imagination. Track, Thompson River, British Columbia 1985, Railcuts #8(Red hill, C.N. ... the photographer finding art in rivers of toxic waste. I went in search of it, and when I had it on my ground glass, I knew that I had arrived. As a result, there is a notable degree to which these pictures “inform the typically omniscient viewpoint with an charge of topicality.”. Receding groundwater levels and declining market values will in time make this way of life obsolete and will cause the salt pans to disappear. In 2005 alone, more than fifty local mines collapsed. Like many of us, Burtynsky went to Carrara dreaming of Michelangelo. The darker surrounding areas are considered the ground. Burtynsky’s images encapsulate the delicate balance between natural and human processes – the presence of salt in the earth’s composition and our need to harness it. I looked upon the shipbreaking as the ultimate in recycling, in this case of the largest vessels ever made. Edward Burtynsky, J. Henry Fair, and David Maisel are not the only photographers working in this genre, but they are three of the more prominent. I likened the tenacious trees and pools of water to nature's sentinels awaiting the eventual retreat of man and machine - to begin the slow process of reclamation.”, “Often my approach, the compression of space through light and optics, also yields an ambiguity of scale. Recycling is one way we can put a stop to a certain amount of damage to the earth. mass consumerism… and the resulting degradation of our environment intrinsic to the process of making things to keep us happy and fulfilled frightens me. In all, Edward Burtynsky made a half dozen Vermont trips to photograph what are thought to be the deepest quarries in the world. Edward Burtynsky got to Barre for the first time in 1991 as a result of a photographic quest for quarries in Northern Ontario. Once the scrap arrives at its destination, workers use their hands and primitive tools to pick apart the junked computers and salvage precious components. Agriculture represents - by far - the largest human activity upon the planet. - Russell Lord - Curator of Photographs - NOMA, When BP’s Deepwater Horizon well began pouring millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in May 2010, Edward Burtynsky traveled to the site to capture the event. Just as important is a rising industrial production capability. These images are all from a place called Grey County, Ontario. Por eso me encanta el trabajo del fotógrafo canadiense Edward Burtynsky al documentar las transformaciones de la naturaleza a causa de la actividad humana y las consecuencias de nuestra sed por el oro negro. The shipyard industry that has long disappeared from the Western World is thriving in China and part of the large manufacturing machine that this country has become. 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