Industrial Scars

It almost feels wrong to describe these photos as beautiful. Environmental activist J Henry Fair took these colorful aerial shots of Industrial Scars with the hope that we would understand our role in this mess that we've caused and that, ultimately, we'd want to make a difference.”My work is a response to my vision of society,” says Fair. “I see our culture as being addicted to petroleum and the unsustainable consumption of other natural resources, which seems to portend a future of scarcity. My vision is of a different possibility, arrived at through careful husbandry of resources and adjustment of our desires and consumption patterns toward a future of health and plenty.

“To gear our civilization toward sustainability does not necessitate sacrifice today, as many naysayers would argue, but simply adjustment. There are many societies existing at present that have a standard of living at least as high as ours while consuming and polluting a fraction of what is the norm in the United States.”

Above: A plume of foam in bauxite waste at an aluminum manufacturing plant – Darrow, LA., December 2005

Grass being planted on covered mining site, a process called “hydro-seeding” – Kayford Mountain, W. Va., October 2005

Heavy metal waste from fertilizer production – Convent, La., December 2005

Phospho-gypsum fertilizer waste – Geismar, La., December 2005

Oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill floats and mixes on the water – Gulf of Mexico, June 2010

Two types of oil from the BP Deepwater spill float on the Gulf – Gulf of Mexico, June 2010

The inside of a holding tank at an oil sands upgrader facility – Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, July 2009

Outlet pipe from phosphate waste impoundment – Lakeland, FL, 2007

Herbicide manufacturing plant – Luling, LA, 2010

Herbicide manufacturing plant – Luling, LA, 2010

Run-off pond at Rio Tinto Mine – Rio Tinto, Spain, 2008

Waste pond near brown coal-fired power station – Lausitz, Germany, 2008

Industrial Scars Book
Industrial Scars website
via [GP Gallery], [The Morning News]

Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim is the Editor-in-Chief of My Modern Met. In May, 2008, he co-founded the website to create one big city that celebrates creative ideas. His mission is to promote a positive culture by spotlighting the best sides of humanity—from the lighthearted and fun to the thought-provoking and enlightening.
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