Mészáros’ work documents the aftermath of a 2010 toxic waste spill in Western Hungary, which killed nine people and forced the evacuation of thousands. The material, released from an aluminum factory, has left a permanent mark on the villages in its path.
Mészáros’ photographs don’t show any of these residents, but instead focuses on the very visual effect that the spill has had on the landscape. It’s quite clear to see exactly where the toxic sludge reached up the side of buildings, and even trees. The red hue of aluminum byproducts makes for a somewhat surreal landscape. Although the landscape has been completely altered, the photographs themselves remain calm, almost stately. (more images and information here)