Monday, October 4, 2010

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky is know for his landscape pictures dealing with the epidemic of globalized electronic waste and industrial landscape development. His images feature a mosaic of crushed metals and computer parts along with man made craters the size of a small city.

His images are compelling because they tell their own story. They address the questions we don't bother to ask and much of the time they reveal a situation in the world that otherwise is very much ignored by the western world. To think that because it is somehow cheaper to ship old electronic products to places like China to be recycled is shameful when you see that people are putting their health at risk just to salvage every last bit of our globalized economic waste.

Burtynsky's images are inspiring, they are composed to show the massive scale that these places consume and the contrast between the industrial landscape and the natural landscape he was capturing before.

A river of rust:

An ocean of tires:

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