Dow: a potential time bomb or a work of art?   91744
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Location: Terneuzen, Containerdok (6 m)      by: Mentor Depret
Area: Netherlands      Date: 2018 08 05 6:07 PM st
To me the Terneuzen Dow factory, a 4 km2 complex of crackers, tubes and of course explosive and toxic gases, is a potential time bomb as well as a work of art.
It is classified as a Seveso chemical plant and there have been already several more or less severe accidents. When I was photographing on the West Pier on July 30th, a small explosion took place - the second this year - releasing a black cloud of ethylene, although they explained the safety procedure worked perfectly???

But if you look to my pano, shot close to the heart of the complex, you will discover it also is in fact a work of art, the result of hundreds of engineers, scientists and workers. I present a cropped version so one can admire the abundance and complexity of the tubes systems. The width of the tubes complex, between 60-98, is about 1.2 km. I have a wider view if you want but......???

Canon Eos M6 with EF-M 18-150 mm, 14 p RAW, 74 mm (118.4 mm KB), iso 125, f 10, 1/500 s, PTGuiPro, 46827x3671 692.9 MB TIFF, crop to h=2892, downsizing>1500>1000>500 TIFF>sharpening>8096x500 1.9MB JPEG


I appreciate the documentary value. More I can not say.
2018/09/02 23:50 , Giuseppe Marzulli
Sure Giuseppe, if it explodes we will have at least a pano how it looked like.
2018/09/03 13:10 , Mentor Depret
Nicht nur ausgezeichnet fotografiert und zu einem fehlerlosen Panorama zusammengefügt sondern wegen seines brisanten Inhaltes auch hochinteressant. Für mich ein Werk mit einem aufrüttelndem Inhalt, erst recht durch den Verweis auf Seveso.
Die Darstellung einer solchen Industrieanlage beeindruckt mich wohl genau so wie eine Gebirgslandschaft, vor allem, wenn die Intentionen des Schöpfers sich mit meinen Vorstellungen decken.

In Microsofts Bing-Englisch:
Not only excellently photographed and combined to a flawless panorama, but also highly interesting because of its explosive content. For me a work with a change gore content, quite rightly by the reference to Seveso.
The appearance of such a industrial plant impressed me probably just like a mountain landscape, especially, if the intentions of the creator coincide with my ideas.
2018/09/03 18:24 , Heinz Höra
One of the best "industrial" panoramas.
LG Jörg
2018/09/03 20:27 , Jörg Nitz
Mentor, four stars for the pano, but five stars for your bitter humor.
2018/09/03 22:09 , Giuseppe Marzulli
thx for the comments guys.
@Giuseppe, I have to admit I was a bit afraid biking so close to the factory, hearing hissing sounds of the burners, pumps, valves and whatever.
@Heinz, that is a nice compliment and yes I believe we have coinciding ideas.
@Jörg, I thought you would skip this pano so clearly a nice surprise from you!
2018/09/03 23:14 , Mentor Depret
Hi Christoph, that means the factory is seen as dangerous and special safety regulations must apply. The name comes from a horrible disaster near Seveso, Italy in 1976. Here a link:
2018/09/03 23:31 , Mentor Depret
hi Christoph, I am not sure I can help you with this. In the wiki link above, it is said the EU defines the rules. What I can say here in Terneuzen, they test the alarm siren every month and there are regular inspections of the factory and fines if there are accidents. If this is enough I really doubt in case of something serious.
2018/09/04 23:12 , Mentor Depret
Pano and story form a perfect documentation. While this is surely art, I'm not that sure the plant itself is a form of art as you describe it. Cheers, Martin
2018/09/07 19:57 , Martin Kraus

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