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Industrial Scars: Landscapes Destructed by Industrialization

Industrial Scars is an environmental photography project by American photographer J Henry Fair, which explores the detritus of our consumer society, through large-scale aerial photo shoots and accompanying documentary research. Industrial Scars subjects range from oil drilling and coal ash waste to large-scale agricultural production and abandoned mining operations. In small airplanes, Fair circles above industrial areas and photographs with a bird's eye perspective the effects these operations have on our environment. Through his project, J Henry Fair has called attention to environmental and political problems in different regions of the world including the global warming process, environmental pollution, and habitat destruction - all of which are illustrated in Fair's photographs.

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Plumes of bauxite waste at an aluminum manufacturing plant. Darrow, Louisiana, USA, December 2005

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Inside a holding tank at an oil sands upgrader facility. Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, July 2009

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A power plant flushes toxic waste generated in the course of its operation. Paynvil, South Carolina, USA, 2009. 

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Herbicide manufacturing plant, Luling, Louisiana, USA, 2010

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An oil spill caused by the explosion of semi-submersible oil rig Deepwater Horizon. The explosion caused one of the largest environmental disasters in the world. Gulf of Mexico, USA, 2010. 

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Outlet pipe from phosphate waste impoundment. Lakeland, Florida, USA, 2007

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Waste pond near brown coal-fired power station. Lausitz, Germany, 2010

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Wastes from a coal power plant. Moncks Corner, South Carolina, 2009.

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Wastes from another coal power plant Canadice, South Carolina, 2009. 

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Sulphur wastes from the tar sands extraction. Fort McMurray, Canada, 2009 Canadian oil sands

4 comments:

  1. We still haven't learned anything...

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  2. And some people think windmills are eyesores (Prince Charles). Idiots.

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    1. Perhaps Prince Charles is a bit blinded by his energy company investments..

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  3. Beautiful pictures!

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