surely THIS is the tipping point

By: Kirsty

May 07 2010

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Category: Daily Photos, human constructs


Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II

petrol, diesel or weeds?

I see dead petrol bowsers everywhere. If only they were an indication that we were finally over our oil addiction. No, they are just the rotting remains of small businesses killed off by the big guys.

Despite the many far more benign alternatives, oil still rules. The satellite shots of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico reveal spiral arms reminiscent of a galaxy. It is unbelievably enormous. Even in a ‘best case scenario’, that leak will affect us all. Will it stop us buying petrol? I doubt it. I was gob-smacked when I read that the oil companies were moving in to drill in the arctic circle now that the ice is melting. Crazy days!

I always wanted to visit New Orleans. Not now. I guess I won’t get to see the Bayou either. Any of you who haven’t been to Australia to see the Great Barrier Reef –  hurry! Last days!

The current Australian government just put action to combat climate change on the back burner until 2013, after winning an election in which they promised action. In a democracy we have our say through our vote. What do we do when there is no one left to vote for?

8 comments on “surely THIS is the tipping point”

  1. When there’s nothing to rule – the rulers will rule us, it will be dog eat dog (er…like it’s not already?) What a sad indictment that picture makes. I too always wanted to go to New Orleans, the deep south has always fascinated me – alas another place I cannot go (one of the others was the arctic circle…)
    Man is so greedy he’s destroying himself and his world, sad.

    • It’s hard not to feel helpless isn’t it? I use petrol too though. I long to see some sort of global leadership on this issue, but it seems the politicians don’t really have much power. Not even Obama, leader of the ‘free’ world, has made much difference.

  2. I have a fascination with photographing old gas pumps, too. Haven’t posted any, but I do photograph them. This is a perfect subject for black and white.

    After over a year with my D90 – I just discovered I can photograph in monochrome. Duh! I thought I had to desaturate. Can’t wait to rephotograph some of my favorite Big Sur subjects!

  3. Awesome shot and spot-on sentiment I might add.

  4. I love this shot too, and that you call them ‘dead petrol bowsers’.
    You did a good job articulating this sentiment, sometimes with topics like this I am too overwhelmed to say anything…
    ( I saw the news the other night – a rare thing for me these days – and there was some massive spill caused by BP – I had no idea this had even happened! – and the news piece said how there is a financial LIMIT on how much BP can be held responsible for in terms of clean up – thats crazy!- God for bid the company that is responsible has to shell out too much of their cash to deal with their own mess…?!!)

    • That would be ridiculous wouldn’t it? I rarely watch the news these days either. I saw the satellite photo of the BP spill in a newspaper I picked up in a local cafe. I try not to dwell too much on the impending destruction of the planet as a suitable habitat for humans. To be honest, I kind of feel like it serves us right. Every now and then I just have to vent.
      Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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