Tonight in class we watched some scenes from the film Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky. The movie answers the unasked question of where all of our recycled things go. Burtynsky takes landscape pictures of these places that have been changed by human activity. The video follows him to China where there are these landscapes that entirely full of recycled metal and the people who work at the nearby factories. Its amazing how much metal he captures in one single area.
We also watched a slideshow with commentary by Burtynsky. In the slideshow he says that he was inspired to do the work he does now after getting lost. He was originally in a city in Pennsylvania to do some normal landscape photography, but after going off the trail and getting lost, he came across an area that had been changed by man’s interaction with it. And since then he has photographed these “manufactured landscapes.” Its unreal how he can make these somewhat ugly areas look beautiful with the photos he takes. Here is a slideshow of Edward Burtynsky and some of his images.