RICHARD MISRACH

I was working on my book, and someone saw my work. They commented saying it reminded them of the work of Richard Misrach, in his petrochemical America series.

I find this project fascinating because it so delicately taps in to the human emotion by presenting humans footprint on the earth in such a simple way. It focuses on the destruction of the environment cause by the petrochemical industry, or the ‘Chemical Corridor’.

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Richard Misrach’s current exhibition at the David Brower Center, “Petrochemical America,” draws attention to the environmental destruction cased by industrial landscapes. His photographs capture the pollution the petrochemical industry has caused, in an area known as the Chemical Corridor.


Ultimately, this joint enterprise brought forth an exploration and expansion of both disciplines: how can photography and landscape architecture generate change, and how can design choreograph public and private interest to refashion a place? Misrach and Orff started with a discussion of public health and local politics and ended in a dialogue about the future American landscape relative to obsolescence and sprawl. Their collaborative examination of Cancer Alley points to the past and into the future, implicating neighborhoods and corporate states. It also aims to participate in new thinking about how we can best divest ourselves of our addiction to petrochemicals, and to sketch the outlines of a more hopeful future. Petrochemical America‘s “About This Book”

I am interested that he created an ‘About this book’ section. I have space at the front of my book for text, and I think I may reflect on this, questioning the intentions and purpose of the book. I feel it works well to connect the reader to the book, so they go on the same journey as you went on creating the book.

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This photograph works well because of the bold line that cuts through the image, like in the front cover of my book the line completes the frame, drawing your eye towards it. I like the subtle colour palette of green and brown, natural, earthly colours, but yet you get the feeling that these colours shouldn’t be there.

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This photograph perfectly complements a struggle I went through in my processing. The landscape is set on a beautiful day, blue sky, high saturation in the fields. But the main focus is the pollution from the power station in the distance, and I needed to remember the context of the image and not to make the landscape look ‘desirable’.

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