This unreal panorama captures the environmental worth of intensive oil exploitation paid by a desert in Kern County, California. The picture was taken by David Gardner and gained a prize on the 2020 BarTur Picture Award
25 November 2020
THIS panorama seems extra like a weird movie set than an actual place. What was as soon as a desert occupying greater than 40 sq. kilometres throughout the foothills in Kern County, California, has been rendered unreal by an immense sea of oil rigs and pump jacks that depart little hint of its pure state.
The Kern River Oil Discipline has been mined extensively for crude oil because the spot was first found in 1899. Its reserves had been estimated at greater than 475 million barrels in 2006, with oil presently being eliminated at a charge of 70,000 barrels a day. Extraction has been made simpler by fracking, a drilling course of that enables oil producers to faucet into extra reserves than ever.
This picture is a part of a group of images entitled “Into the Anthropocene” taken by photographer David Gardner. The gathering gained him the Judges Selection prize within the Skilled Local weather Change class on this yr’s BarTur Picture Award.
Gardner’s work highlights the environmental destruction going down all through the western US as a way to help an ever-growing human inhabitants.
“In every location, I used to be concurrently dazzled and disturbed by the scope of those transformations – many occurring in my lifetime,” writes Gardner on the BarTur Picture Award web site. “What was revealed I discovered compelling – unusually alien however fully human.”
For extra on the 2020 winners and particulars of a associated exhibition, go to barturphotoaward.org.
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