Photographs of the Gulf Coast
The world of factories and industry is a crucial yet oft-forgotten fact that undergirds the bustling prosperity of contemporary American life. Photographer Andrew Borowiec has spent his career exploring the industrial fields of middle America, and he now turns his camera's eye southward in Industrial Perspective, exploring the panoramic landscapes along and near the Gulf of Mexico where oil and gas industry workers live and work. Borowiec gained permission from oil corporations to enter their high-security sites and was thus able to photograph the delicate balance of land, life, and industry along the Gulf. The region's immense concentration of oil, chemical, and paper plants has created one of America's most unique and misunderstood contemporary landscapes, and Borowiec unravels its complexity in his evocative images. The visual sequence of Industrial Perspective reveals a continually evolving area that was transformed after World War II from a plantation system into an intricate and vast industrial complex built to accommodate the demands of a surging American economy.
As Borowiec reveals through his striking images, this world of iron, oil, and heat enabled the "American dream" to come to fruition, yet its unyielding and stark character is virtually alien to those who do not live near the region. Industrial Perspective is a compelling and vibrant collection of images that offers a unique and powerful view of the industrial realities of American abundance.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"Andrew Borowiec's instinctive, panoramic photographs of the Gulf Coast reveal the natural beauty of the flat, sun-baked terrain and the altering impact of industry, with its complex and sculptural factories. Through his persistence, Borowiec provides a privileged close-up viewpoint for his luminous vistas of natural and constructed landscapes." - Tom Hinson, curator of contemporary art and photography, Cleveland Museum of Art"