The photography of Edward Burtynsky and in particular his project “Oil”. Circumnavigating the globe Burtynsky captured the effects that our precious resource has, on not only our home but on our lives. Ranging from a Kiss concert in Sturgis to a ship-breaking yard in Bangladesh, these photographs capture a strange sort of beauty, one we don’t often notice. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to, maybe it’s just because we aren’t looking. Whether we remain dependent on oil for the remainder of humanity’s time on earth or not, we’ll certainly leave an interesting legacy of what was accomplished with the internal combustion engine and black gold.
Also make sure to check out the “Quarries” project, especially the Vermont section.