Edward Burtynsky currently has a show of his series Quarries at Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art and it is stunning. On display are images of granite and marble quarries in Vermont and in Carrera, Italy. He says in his statement:
These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence… our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.
His photos are beautiful and offer insight into what it takes to build the urban landscape we inhabit today. I also really like his series on oil because so many of the landscapes go unseen by the majority of us, and yet the product is so integral to our daily lives.
His images certainly do make the viewer reflect on our society, and it is a pretty powerful statement. For more of his work, and some other photographic series on China, water, and mines, check out his website.
all images via Edward Burtynsky