Even before the emergence of awareness and media coverage in global warming , Robert Adams has started being one of the most prolific photographers the past forty years highlighting the glaring effects of human civilization on the natural environment . He is well known for his black and white landscape editorials that depict the byproducts of human activity , albeit no human subjects are usually in the scene . His work attacks the very stigma created by 19th century propagandas such as the Manifest Destiny ' wherein western civilization has abundant resources for all time to come
p A clear representation of exploitative industrialization in Corporate America during the 1970s was his photograph entitled , Burning Oil Sludge ' Capitalizing on the light and shadow effects created by the monstrous smoke from the burning fuel , allows the artist to juxtapose the clear mountainous landscape behind versus the glaring toxicity . Shot in Colorado in 1974 , there is little indication of human life in the vast fields
The work mentioned above , although already more than thirty years old is highly relevant in the reflective contemporary art that we have today one that has never been more blunt and graphic than ever before Wherein representation and symbolism were high commodities in pre-modernism , artworks today have a sense of tangibility and texture- both to titillate and confuse the general audience...