“While trying to accommodate the growing needs of our expanding and very thirsty civilization, we are reshaping the Earth in colossal ways”. These are the words of Edward Burtynsky!DESIGNSIGH is extremely proud to present some of his unbelievable photographs. We were so amazed and astonished, when we found Edward and his website!Thank you!
In his work the industrial transformation of nature is predominant theme. His images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence. They search for a dialog between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. “We are drawn by desire – a chance of good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering from out success.” For Edward these images function as reflecting pools of our time. His hope is that these pictures will stimulate a process of thinking about something essential to our survival; something we often take for granted—until it’s gone.
The project takes us over gouged landscapes, fractal patterned delta regions, ominously coloured biomorphic shapes, rigid and rectilinear stepwells, massive circular pivot irrigation plots, aquaculture and social, cultural and ritual gatherings. Water is intermittently introduced as a victim, a partner, a protagonist, a lure, a source, an end, a threat and a pleasure. Water is also often completely absent from the pictures. Burtynsky instead focusses on the visual and physical effects of the lack of water, giving its absence an even more powerful presence! When BP’s Deepwater Horizon well began pouring millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in May 2010, Edward Burtynsky traveled to the site to capture the event. DESIGNSIGH remained breathless after we saw his works, so dear READER please take a deep breath!!!
For more information and high resolution images visit Edward Burtynsky website!