Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Yet other environmental threats — less visible, but potentially more devastating — often go largely unnoticed".

This NASA satellite image captured the extent of red sludge spilled after a waste-retaining wall broke at the Ajkai Timföldgyár alumina plant in southwestern Hungary. Visible on the right side of the image — near the bright blue and orange reservoirs of the plant — is the point where the plant's retaining wall broke. The red-orange streak runs west from the plant for miles where the torrent of sludge flowed into a stream and inundated nearby towns, including Kolontar and Devecser. read the article at yale environment 360

read the whole story on the idea of photogenic disasters. I think this is a very good point being made. if we are to actually say anything about the world we live in (and not just inform, because that's why we have Google maps for -or so it seems-), we somehow need to open up the discourses behind our image-making and somehow make visible the invisible (culturally, politically, etc.)...literally