Up Close: A bird’s-eye look at the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field Edward Burtynsky captures one of the largest geothermal plants in the world

I wanted to find ways to make compelling photographs about the human systems employed to redirect and control water. I soon realised that views from ground level could not show the enormous scale of activity. I had to get up high, into the air, to see it from a bird’s-eye perspective. The Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field, located close to Mexicali, Mexico on the Colorado River Delta, is one of the largest geothermal plants in the world. This pulling away from the earth has allowed me to see our world in ways once unavailable to artists.


Edward Burtynsky is a photographer based in Canada

Words and Photography: Edward Burtynsky

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