‘the line’ by palíndromo mészáros
spanish photographer palíndromo mészáros has created a series entitled ‘the line’. the project chronicles the aftermath
of a 2010 toxic
waste spill in western hungary, killing nine people and forcing the evacuation of thousands, through a compendium of images
demonstrating the material staining areas of the village red.
the work does not focus so much on the people affected but more the
noxious byproduct scarring the town’s landscape.
without using any
photo manipulation, it documents trees, homes and buildings blemished
with a scarlet hue reaching up to two meters high.
the series documents the village stained red from a poisonous aluminum byproduct that killed 9 people when spilled in 2010
the event was widely considered the biggest in hungarian history, where around 1 million cubic meters of the alumina
sludge was released
after the burst of the retaining wall in one of the reservoirs, used for
the accumulation of rubbish from an aluminum company.
the thick, highly
alkaline substance contains heavy
metals, such as lead, and is slightly radioactive which has a caustic effect on skin causing a burning effect.
the hungarian village is permanently marked with a scarlet hue
meszaros comments with his thoughts on the opus:
‘I always want to know what remains when the news is no longer ‘new’
anymore, the story gets forgotten by the media.
an approach different
from this traditional one seemed very natural to me. these photos have
been taken six months after the accident
when the silence takes the
place of the headlines and just ‘the line’ is left’.
the series focuses on a landscape scarred by disaster
the disaster was widely considered the biggest disaster in hungarian history
1 million cubic meters of the alumina sludge was released
after the burst of the retaining wall in one of the reservoirs used for
the accumulation of rubbish from an aluminum company
the spill killed nine people and displaced thousands
via american photo