Monday, February 11, 2013

Sheridan O'Neal submits Edward Burtynsky

His series “Exploring the Residual Landscape” focuses on how industry affects nature. He photographs recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries in order to emphasize his ideas yet keep the meanings of the work open to the viewer. He attempts to convey that the world suffers at the expense of human success and portrays the interaction between man and environment. He also helps to advertise other companies who are trying to clean the environment such as WorldChanging and Basel Action Network. His photographs of the junk yards, tire piles, and recyclable materials convey his meaning of showing the massive wastefulness of the human race. However, some of his other works such as his images of homesteads and quarries lose their meaning. I like how in the oil filters and tire piles the mass repetition of the objects that have been used and are now waste accurately convey the need to clean up the environment while still being drawn to the beauty of the image itself. I like how the repetition of the tire image creates another texture and environment. I also like how the tires are so clear in the foreground and they slowly fade to the mass of tires in the background.

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