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These Chinese Landscape Photographs Feature Garbage Dumps

By: Gil Haddi - Published: Feb 21, 2013 • References: brucesilverstein and beautifuldecay
Deceptively beautiful and traditional-looking, these images that appear to be of a beautiful Chinese landscape are actually full of garbage.

Artist Yao Lu imparts a message that the massive landfills in China have become a part of the scenery, changing the actual layout of the view and the land around them. Using digital manipulation to tweak the photographs and make them look more like paintings, the artist captures mountains of trash covered in green protective nets that have an ethereal and almost mystical appearance to them. Contrasting traditional artwork with modern realities, Yao Lu is demonstrating the difference between then and now, emphasizing the scale of the ecological and urban changes in China today.

The Chinese landscape has been permanently altered by mass amounts of garbage in its ever expanding landfills.