Edward Burtynsky: Natural Order
Known for his photographs of industrialized landscapes, Edward Burtynsky used the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic to capture humankind stopped in its tracks, businesses suspended, and economies disrupted-a moment for nature to breathe. The enduring order of nature remains intact regardless of our own human fate.
In spring 2020 Edward Burtynsky, like most of us, found himself in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, Burtynsky was in his beloved Grey County, Ontario-an area of wild beauty where he had made his earliest photos-and he used his isolation there to reflect and create. With a new camera in hand, he began recording nature in images that, in his words, are an affirmation of the complexity, wonder, and resilience of the natural order in all things.
Over the past 40 years Burtynsky has compellingly explored the shocking variety and scale of industrialized landscapes, from oil refineries to quarries, from aquaculture to salt extraction. Yet in Natural Order he captures a moment when humankind has been temporarily stopped in its tracks, businesses suspended, and economies disrupted-a moment for nature to breathe. These photos of trees and other flora show nature on the dynamic cusp between winter and spring, a time of melting snow, sprouting shoots, and the promise of bounty. For Burtynsky, this is â€œan enduring order that remains intact regardless of our own human fate.
- 64 pages
- 16.5 × 13.25 inches
- Published 2021