Tweet image of the Day: Jiri Rezac


Images taken from http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2010/sep/07/tarnished-earth-oil-sands

I felt I should show all the images for this piece of work as i think they work very well as a set Photographed by jiri rezac. The image were taken for Greenpeace in Canada

Tarnished Earth : Exhibition on the tar sands devastating pollution in Alberta, Canada

The above image would be hard to read bar the small vessel breaking the overall form of the picture. Oil reflecting on the water caught by the suns rays shows the level of pollution. in a strange way the image has a calming feel. I don’t understand why this is due to the magnitude of the problem

Tarnished Earth : Exhibition on the tar sands devastating pollution in Alberta, Canada

The fine line of good and evil. Capturing the syntax of the scale of the problem

Tarnished Earth : Exhibition on the tar sands devastating pollution in Alberta, Canada

Tarnished Earth : Exhibition on the tar sands devastating pollution in Alberta, Canada

The lighting is excellent on the image. I connect strongly with the figure of this picture. It is used to scare away migrating birds. Do i connect more with it because it is the only thing i can relate to first hand. It’s as though the Oil scare crow warns of now and what is to come.

Tarnished Earth : Exhibition on the tar sands devastating pollution in Alberta, Canada

This image made me think of the Agent Orange shot you see of Vietnam

Tarnished Earth : Exhibition on the tar sands devastating pollution in Alberta, Canada

The clearing show what the scarecrow was warning of…

Tarnished Earth: Tar Sands Alberta, Canada

Again going back to not questioning what we can relate to. This could be any factory in the world but without the other images we do not challenge what see. “The medium is the message is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan. These images need no words…

Tarnished Earth: Tar Sands Alberta, Canada

Creeping slowly the black dark toxic evil challenged what was right in the green purity.

What i find more shocking about this is the images arent from some oil rich african state or under hard time former eastern bloc country but Canada. You think of Canada you think of hills lakes and wildlife. I’m sure that if this type of thing was taken place in America it would be a different story. This was a hard searched story in the guardian. Where the disaster That has involved B.P off the coast of Florida is there for everyone to see.

 

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Author: alanwhitfield80

Hello! I get about a bit so here about me first. I am a visual artist and poet who works within the context of fine art. My work is grounded in documentary, exploring the inner beauty of everyday life through various lens based media. Notions of nostalgia and social commentary are present, but from a definite northern working class perspective. Instinctively I exploring the townscapes of North Wales and the North West, often producing work that reflects the every day minutiae of life.

1 thought on “Tweet image of the Day: Jiri Rezac”

  1. Those are some stunning photos! I have visited Fort McMurray and can say that the scale of the projects there are in many ways unbelievable. Pictures like these are worth a thousands words!

    On a side note, some of what is in the last picture could be naturally occurring. In places along the Athabasca River, the geologic strata that holds the bitumen, is on/close to the surface and cut through by the river. You can literally stick your fingers in it and it was used by the native people of the area to seal their canoes and waterproof their clothing. The same layer is very close to the surface (<100 feet down) in much of the region which, for some projects, makes Open Pit mining the viable method of extraction. That however is changing with different technologies most notably SAGD which hardly disturbs the Surface land at all.

    Again, great find!

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