Tuesday, March 16, 2010

TED Tuesday - Edward Burtynsky

In stunning large-format photographs, Edward Burtynsky follows the path of oil through modern society, from wellhead to pipeline to car engine -- and then beyond to the projected peak-oil endgame.

LINK: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/edward_burtynsky_photographs_the_landscape_of_oil.html

His Website

Thanks for stopping by,

Post Edit

Blood pumps through our viens in much the same way as, oil pumps through the viens of our society. Nearly everything in our lives is made from oil, made by machines dependent on oil and transported by oil. With the increasing prices of oil, and the debate of whether or not, we have reached our peak oil, this is something we need to be aware of.

The United States consumes an average of 20 million barrels of oil per day (bbl/d, according to the Department of Energy. Of that, about 45 percent is used for motor gasoline. The rest is used for distillate fuel oil, jet fuel, residual fuel and other oils. Each barrel of oil contains 42 gallons (159 L), which yields 19 to 20 gallons (75 L) of gasoline. So, in the United States, something like 178 million gallons of gasoline is consumed every day


Giovana said...

First comment (?)
Good week Serg =)

RMarie7 said...

Wow. That video certainly got my attention.

I've always wondered why we allow the leftover parts to sit around? I mean, I know managing them can be tricky in a hazardous way, but... Couldn't we create a practical economic plan that would benefit the environment AND big business? For example, build special (and more) recycling plants which creates jobs, provides materials for manufacturing from alternate sources other than over-seas (lower import costs), leaves land untarnished and free to be reforested or made into parks with actual **gasp** nature in them? Yeah, I get that money is king, but how do these intelligent, business-minded people not realize that protecting the environment or at least working with it with minimal damage is beneficial to their wallets in the long run?

And that has been my rant for the day. :D

Willow said...

Um...wow? I really like the way he sets up the shots. Nothing more to say, 'cept he's not half as interesting to listen to as some other people we know... *coughsergcough*

WatchingStars said...

I thought the video was inspiring cause one of the things I like about photography is taking a photo is like "making history". Centuries from now we can look back at the way the world was and see how it has changed, for better or for worse. Hopefully it will get better. I think he is right, we should use our talent to document our lives and the world around us, for the betterment of our future. It inspires me to get out there and photograph the things that matter..

Thanks for sharing that.

And happy early St. Patty's Day!

Kris said...

Ooh, another interesting little something you've given us!! :) I like the idea of using a talent (photography) to document our lives and the changes around us, and seeing those photos he has taken was really neat. I really liked the one shot that showed the way the landscape had changed. Interesting.

Oh, and Happy St. Patrick's day from the Irish girl to the Russian guy!! :) Are you wearing green??

SarahMay said...

I only recently heard the term "peak oil" or maybe I've heard it many times before but was not aware of it...

I've watched a couple of lectures given by Michael Ruppert on YouTube where he describes this term in detail and he paints a really disturbing picture of his view about what he thinks is truly going on behind the scenes in the current affairs of our world. There's so much information to sift through, not just in his lectures but in general---I'm not sure where the truth lies.

But, I'm keeping an open mind to what the truth really may be, no matter how ugly it is. I wouldn't call myself a conspiracy theorist though...