The Decievingly Lovely “Industrial Scars”


Here’s an item that will send you off in an appropriately celebratory mood this weekend. We stumbled across J. Henry Fair‘s beautifully tragic photos of industrial waste in this month’s Harper’s (and of course we have to mention we’re Harper’s readers in the hopes that it will imbue us with more credibility).

Besides the stunning brilliance of the artificial colors, the images play a nasty trick on your mind. The blooms of fluorescence, the tight rings of white are all so perfectly formed they appear to be something on the molecular level. Surely, you think, these must be shot with an electron microscope or something. But then it hits you, with a somber thump that’s so powerful, it caused us to exclaim out loud. “Oh my god. That’s a truck.”

Have a great time at the beach.