Most photographers look far and wide for the interesting subjects to capture, but in Jennifer Norman’s series “Ecologies of Photography,” she decided to turn the camera on the photo process itself. “After spending more time being self-reflexive, I had to acknowledge the medium I’m using in itself is also contributing to pollution in the environment,” she said.

While pursuing a Ph.D. in photography at the University of Sydney, Norman spent four years photographing some of the heavy industries that directly and indirectly make photography possible, including oil refineries, pulp and paper mills, and chemical plants. “It was a way of making myself a personal experiment and trying to not ignore all the factors of production that I rely on every day to have the luxuries I have,” she said. [11 photos total]

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Power (Hydro-Electricity), 2009. Tumut No. 3 Snowy-Hydro Power Station, Talbingo, New South Wales, Australia. (Jennifer Norman) #
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Concrete, 2009. Cemex, Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia. (Jennifer Norman) #
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Coal Mining, 2010. Cumnock Coal Ltd., Rio Tinto, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia. (Jennifer Norman) #
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Pulp & Paper Mill, 2009. Visy Pulp & Paper, Tumut Kraft Mill, Tumut, New South Wales, Australia. (Jennifer Norman) #
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Sugar Refinery (Cellulose), 2009. Haughton Sugar Company Pty Ltd. CSR Invicta Mill, Giru, Queensland, Ausralia. (Jennifer Norman) #
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Chemical Plant (Ethylene Glycol), 2009. Hunstman Corporation, Matraville, New South Wales. (Jennifer Norman) #
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Chemical Plant (Polyethylene), 2010. Lyondellbasell Plant, Roseberry, New South Wales, Australia. (Jennifer Norman) #
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Waste Treatment & Sewage, 2009. Overtop a sewer pipeline, Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia. (Jennifer Norman) #
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Steel Works, 2009. Port Kembla Steel Works, Industry World, Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia. (Jennifer Norman) #
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Power (Coal), 2010. Bayswater Power Plant, near Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia. (Jennifer Norman) #
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Power (Wind), 2009. Crookwell Wind Farm, Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia. (Jennifer Norman) #

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