Monday, January 28, 2008


Ed Burtynsky, Nanpu Bridge Interchange, Shanghai, 2004


Tonight TVO showed the film about Ed Burtynsky's photography, called Manufactured Landscapes. Though Burtynsky's photos are beautiful and captivating, I can't escape the feeling that he's actually documenting the End. This is how the world ends, this is what it looked like just before we finished and here are the documents that will describe how we plundered the planet. Sort of like the heads on Easter Island. Lasting monuments to a people who foolishly kept carving giant heads while they were running out of trees, food and a sustainable place to live.

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