Trucker's Jamboree, Walcott, Iowa, USA, 2003.
In "Oil," Edward Burtynsky's latest series of landscape photographs, there's nary a drop of the black stuff to be found. Yet he still offers a stunning portrait of how this fast-depleting resource rules our world.
Take the Trucker's Jamboree. Held for two days every summer at the world's largest truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, it's a celebration of "the millions of truck drivers that deliver the goods we consume, whether it's groceries, gas, clothes or cars -- you can bet it was delivered by a truck."
The oil that fuels those trucks -- and helps to manufacture almost everything they carry -- is not just helping to fuel a global rise in temperatures. It also pays dividends to terrorist groups and weakens America's energy security. Whether, after years of roller-coaster prices, the world has reached peak oil or not, the consensus now is that we need to find ways of weaning ourselves off of it, and fast. Otherwise, no one, especially not truckers, may have much cause for celebration.
Alongside a new book, an exhibition of "Oil" is on view at Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, and at New York's Hasted Hunt Kraeutler. If you can, go -- only Burtynsky's mammoth prints really do justice to his subjects.
Also see Tom Friedman's "Addicted to Oil" at Discovery Video, and "Forget About Cars for a Minute: 11 Heavy Duty Green Trucks"
Edward Burtynsky /Courtesy HASTD HUNT KRAEUTLER, New York / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto