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i was taking in this seemingly picturesque scene of a nice house with a winding driveway surrounded by rolling lawns, and as my eyes scanned the image only then did i notice the ominous clouds of pollution from a factory in the distance. this is the dark undercurrent that runs through daniel shea‘s ongoing photographic series called plume:

plume is a photographic exploration of southeast ohio and its unusually dense concentration of coal-fired power plants. the project serves as a follow-up to the work i made in 2007 in appalachia, removing mountains, which focused on mountaintop removal, a particularly pervasive form of coal mining. plume follows this coal up river to ohio, where it is being burned to generate electricity.

all images: daniel shea

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920–) is a Californian painter who is best known for his iconic still lifes of all-American foods and products, such as cakes, pies, sandwiches, cosmetics, and toys. He is also celebrated for his vertiginous San Francisco cityscapes and his richly hued views of Northern California. Known for his plain-spoken style and self-deprecating sense of humor, Thiebaud links himself to the long tradition of painting from observation and speaks in defense of painting to audiences regularly.