This is a new exhibition of Edward Burtynsky’sOILproject, on show at the Photographers Gallery.

This is not only exciting because of the subject of work, but also that it’s the first exhibition at the newly opened Photographers Gallery!

The work itself is a series of Industrial Landscape photographs, all based around the subject of oil. As Burtynsky says about the subject:

“In 1997 I had what I refer to as my oil epiphany. It occurred to me that the vast, human-altered landscapes that I pursued and photographed for over twenty years were only made possible by the discovery of oil…”

This is a style of photography which interests me, I’ve always had a love of industrial scenes and try to capture them whenever I get a chance.

I once worked at Grangemouth in Scotland which is home to one of the biggest oil refineries in the UK and owned by BP. I was working on a software package for them and would have jumped at the opportunity to take some photographs whilst there. Unfortunately, I only had an electronic camera (Minolta Dynax 7xi) at the time and they felt it might be too much of a fire risk to take photographs.

The photographs were presented as very large prints, flat mounted with a simple frame. This work very well with the subject of the photographs given you a sense of scale and also enabling you to see the fine detail in the images.

Socar Oil Fields #6, Baku, Azerbaijan 2006© Edward Burtynsky

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