Spanish photographer Palíndromo Mészáros‘s series ‘The Line’ chronicles the aftermath of the 2010 toxic waste spill in Hungary that killed nine people and forced the the evacuation of thousands. The images highlight the aftermath, villages stained in toxic red.
The waste spill was the biggest in Hungarian history in which over one million cubic metres of the alumina sludge – residue from an aluminium company – was released after the burst of a retaining wall in one of the reservoirs. The waste contained heavy metals such as lead, was slightly radioactive and had a caustic effect on skin causing a burning effect.
Meszaro’s work does not focus on the people, rather he chose to look at how the spillage scarred the landscape. Here’s what he had to say about the project;
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’.
Via Design Boom
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