Today I watched MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES, a film about the work of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky takes large scale photographs of industrial, man-made landscapes that are stunning in every sense of the word. Even though the photographs are of shipyards, oil fields, Chinese factories, and recycling plants, they are inexplicably beautiful. Burtynsky doesn’t say his perspective on these landscapes outright, rather he aims to make the viewers a bit uncomfortable with the aesthetic pleasure they get out of looking at images they are undeniably connected to.
Had you seen these images before? Do you like them? I would love to be able to take photographs like this.
If you go to his website you can see the pictures enlarged.
Perhaps I’ll go wander around the shipyards in Seattle and take pictures of all our stuff arriving from China one of these days..
*All photographs from edwardburtynsky.com