The Land of Bountiful - Joshua Terry

The Land of Bountiful

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Refining Light, 2009

The oil refineries north of Salt Lake City and west of my home in Bountiful were an iconic constant growing up in Davis County. For all the documentaries I've seen that use the images of industry as a stand-in for waste, destruction, and abuse, I've always held a quiet admiration for their almost apocalyptic beauty. While I was living in West Bountiful back in 2009, still cutting my teeth on photography and looking for unique subject matter, I wandered over to the 400 North overpass and captured this image (while hoping I wouldn't get busted on suspicion of industrial espionage).