Beautiful Destruction - Alberta Tar Sands Aerials

Louis Helbig

Helbig has created aerial photos of a revolution occurring in the political economy, psyche and the environment of Canada’s largest watershed. Helbig’s vertiginous viewpoint blurs the distinction between straight documentary and abstract imagery. Presenting familiar locations from a different perspective, the images prompt the viewer to ask questions about this massive project occurring in Canada’s own backyard.

Curated by Michael Tardioli, School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa