photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill

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‘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. 


photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill 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.

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill 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’.

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill the series focuses on a landscape scarred by disaster

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill the disaster was widely considered the biggest disaster in hungarian history

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill 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

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill the spill killed nine people and displaced thousands

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill

photographs capture town stained red by hungary's 2010 toxic waste spill

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  • This is spectacular! Simply put i appreciate reading your written content everytime I get feed alarm.

    weblog
    Jul 16, 2012
  • Well, it was quick to find
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11501441

    adc
    Jul 13, 2012
  • @ Jim c.,
    while I’m looking for articles in English, you could test some translation program’s Hungarian to English “skills” with this article :
    http://www.origo.hu/itthon/20101007-iszapkatasztrofa-a-mal-zrt-tulajdonosai-tolnay-lajos-bakonyi-arpad-petrusz.html

    adc from Hungary
    Jul 13, 2012
  • This is really moving. At a Rachael Whiteread or Mary Miss scale but based in the reality of a modern industrial tragedy. Good work

    mstndvn
    Jul 13, 2012
  • Wow. When I saw the first photo, I thought what a great way to demonstrate anything.. excess fees on our phone bill, the cash that left in bags in Iraq and Afganistan ..lots of things.

    I didn’t realize it was REAL. Poor buggers. I hate to ask; who owned the aluminum company?

    Jim

    Jim C.
    Jul 13, 2012
  • Terrible situation, but damn if that doesn’t look cool.

    Donny
    Jul 13, 2012

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