About
31PH

Edward Burtynsky

Oil

2012

When I first started photographing industry it was out of a sense of awe at what we as a species were up to. Our achievements became a source of infinite possibilities. But time goes on, and that flush of wonder began to turn. The car that I drove cross-country began to represent not only freedom, but also something much more conflicted. I began to think about oil itself: as both the source of energy that makes everything possible, and as a source of dread, for its ongoing endangerment of our habitat.

I wanted to represent one of the most significant features of this century: the automobile. The automobile is the main basis for our modern industrial world, giving us a certain freedom and changing our world dramatically. The automobile was made possible because of the invention of the internal combustion engine and its utilization of both oil and gasoline. The raw material and the refining process contained both the idea and an interesting visual component for me.

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Alberta Oil Sands #6, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, 2007
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Oxford Tire Pile #8, Westley, California, USA, 1999
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Oxford Tire Pile #1, Westley, California, USA, 1999
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Oil Fields #19b, Belridge, California, USA, 2003
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Highway #5, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2009
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Highway #1, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2003
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Breezewood, Pennsylvania, USA, 2008
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Alberta Oil Sands #2, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, 2007
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Oxford Tire Pile #4, Westley, California, USA, 1999
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SOCAR Oil Fields #6, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006
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Oil Refineries #22, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, 1999
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Oil Fields #22, Cold Lake Alberta, Canada, 2001
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AMARC #5, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 2006
40°00'00.0"N 100°00'00.0"W

Location: USA

Posted: October 2015
Category: Photography

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