01 April 2007
I love this photograph. There's something exciting about industry, something powerful and impressive about furnaces and giant steel pipes and their manifestation of the power of Man. I recognize it as being a bit idealized, of course, and admit that ironworks and factories are not the most impressive force in the universe. Yet the love of the power of humanity to shape, mold, create, and transform the world around us can't be denied. My grandfather's friend has spoken about some deeply-rooted love he has for seeing earth moved, for using bulldozers to fill in valleys by scraping off hills, creating land for farming and living. It may seem a little old-fashioned, but I think everyone, at least deep down, has some feeling of this.