Joshua Dudley Greer - Point Pleasant (2009-12)
"The West Virginia Ordnance Works (WVOW) was an explosives manufacturing facility constructed during World War II just outside Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
Occupying 8,000 acres along the eastern bank of the Ohio River, the WVOW was built specifically for the production and storage of trinitrotoluene (TNT).
At its peak, nearly 500,000 pounds of TNT were produced here each day and stored in a massive array of concrete igloos. The site was officially declared surplus and closed in 1945, after which time much of the land was deeded to the state of West Virginia for the creation of the McClintic State Wildlife Management Area.
A large system of ponds and wetlands was constructed as a habitat for waterfowl, migratory birds and other wildlife species. This area came to be known simply as T.N.T. and developed into a popular hangout for local youth, hunters and fishermen.
In the early 1980’s, EPA and state investigations revealed that the groundwater, soil and surface water of T.N.T. were heavily contaminated with explosive nitroaromatic compounds including TNT, trinitrobenzene, and dinitrotoluene, as well as arsenic, lead, beryllium and asbestos.
The site was placed on the EPA’s National Priority List in 1983 and extensive cleanup efforts began in 1991. While a large portion of the original facility has been remediated, many of the toxic and explosive contaminants were simply buried on site. The remnants of the WVOW facility survive as relics to our nation’s violent history, while the re-purposed landscape hides much of its true nature just beneath the surface.
The site that remains outside Point Pleasant is a haunting place of beauty, mystery and violence.
Using an 8x10 view camera, I am photographing the ruins of a once monumental military-industrial complex as it tangles with the surrounding landscape of forest, fields and swamp. While certain structures offer a glimpse of what has transpired on this site, many of my photographs refer indirectly to violence and environmental neglect through metaphor. The repetition of specific imagery is intended to create a labyrinth of sorts where certain motifs are experienced over and over. The interplay of visibility and invisibility that runs throughout these images alludes to the way in which we commonly misperceive both contamination and beauty through strictly visual means.”
1. Path S7 (Entrance)
2. TNT Storage Igloo N1-B
3. TNT Storage Igloos in Pond
4. Dead Deer
5.Buried Asbestos and Explosives Contamination
6. Interior, TNT Storage Igloo S4-A
8. Interior, TNT Storage Igloo S1-A
this has probably already been done, but…
if you have a great dane but it is a runt then it is a mediocre dane and you are contractually obliged to name it hamlet
Scott [Gimple] and I talked a lot about this… I’m sure if Carol had walked in and Karen was doing a crossword puzzle, she wouldn’t have done that. She had to have been very, very, very ill, and the state of the cell made me think that Karen was struggling to stand up, it wasn’t like a brutal takedown. It was a mercy killing, yes.
Basically, this .gifset is everything.
i really like that this line:
Who has been unhooking the stars without my permission, and putting them on the table in the guise of candles?
is literally just grantaire saying ‘yo why are these lights so fucking bright i’m too drunk for this’
A taxidermy artist faces 5 years in jail after illegally importing parts of endangered species — including the carcasses of a slow loris and a mouse deer from Indonesia — to create these horrific demon hybrids.
Wait, wait, wait. Horrific? These are outstanding. Give this man some sort of prize.
I think these are so beautiful! My favorite is the bottom left, I would love to own it.
SHIT THESE ARE AWESOME
These are absolutely lovely. I’ll have to look at more from this artist.
They are of course - uh made with parts from endangered species.