While randomly browsing for images of Patagonian oil town of Comodoro Rivadavia I came across the photographs of flickr user lagocardiel, known in real life as Hector Fabian Garrido. Spanning two decades and consisting of over a thousand photos, Garrido’s archives shows the Patagonian landscape taken over the course of his job in seismic exploration. Beyond the obvious and stunning beauty of the landscape lies a certain innocent exuberance that reminds me of 19th century photography. The implications of mineralogical exploitation of the landscape is subsumed in boyish wonder. The giant seismic vibrators resemble tonka trucks as the roll across they tree-less landscape.
Here’s a picture with text that explains what the seismic vibrators do.