Ever since early humans built stone hearths to control their fires more than 230,000 years ago, we have been making our mark on the natural landscape. Every human need, aspiration and emotion - good and bad - has been materially expressed through our industrial landscape.
The historical archeology of these landscapes provides a roadmap of this journey. Collectively, they raise an elemental question about both our past and our future: How heavy or light of a mark should, or can, the human race leave on the planet?
This collection aspires to provide a visual narrative of the mark we have made upon our natural landscape, as documented through fine art photography. Technically, the collection’s parameters are broad, including all forms of photography from 1839 to the present. Thematically, the collection is more focused, with an emphasis on overt forms of industrialized landscapes such as power plants, oil wells, refuse piles, and factories.
An unusually symbiotic relationship with the building is nurtured by the collection. Our headquarters is explicitly designed to leave a light mark on the planet, or at least what we currently believe is a light mark. As such, our building firmly stakes a position in the collection’s dialogue. It is from this position that we hope to stimulate lively thought and conversation concerning our environment.