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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Alison Beste

SPE Member since 2016
Member Chapter: West

Oil Tanker Sunsets - Honolulu, Hawaii

In Oil Tanker Sunsets, I present oil barges at sea as both stereotypical sunset postcards and abstract explosions of light disrupting the ocean horizon. The images call into question the viewer's expectation of what constitutes a sunset and paradoxically reveal oil ships delivering the energy sources needed to sustain life on an island.

What is our relationship to Hawai'i's mythology as a pristine and unspoiled landscape? What lies beneath the surface beauty of a picturesque sunset postcard? What happens when the natural experiences of paradise become interrupted by built environments that mimic nature? When we look beyond the mirage of these "sunsets," we uncover the islands' dependence on oil delivery and the global maritime shipping industry. Oil Tanker Sunsets explore the complex boundaries between the built and natural world and the tenuous relationship between expectation and reality.

Oil Tanker Sunset No. 2

Oil Tanker Sunset No. 4

Oil Tanker Sunset No. 144

Oil Tanker Sunset No. 132

Oil Tanker Sunset No. 105

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