Award-winning landscape photographer Stuart Hall specialises in capturing people, lifestyle and vast, abstract landscapes. His portfolio covers beautiful and bold advertising campaigns for off-road car brands; night-time cityscapes, breathtaking landscapes and architecture.
For his “Giga-Project” series, Stuart has been photographing the depressing course of the Giga-project in Northern Alberta, Canada – the biggest industrial project in human history and likely to be the most devastating.
Hall first visited the Tar Sands in Fort McMurray in 2011 and tried to return almost every year to capture the growing damage to the natural environment. The unbelievable beauty in the images belies the reality that the process of removing the bitumen is, according to ecologists, the world’s most damaging activity.
The scale is so huge that the scar can be seen from space. The oil buried in the sand lies under 140,000 km2 of forests, equivalent to the size of England.
The most obvious reason is that tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production. It sucks up huge quantities of water from local rivers, turns it into toxic waste and dumps the contaminated water into tailing ponds that now cover nearly 70 square miles.
– Thomas Homer-Dixon
The dramatic nature of Stuart’s photographs gives them an almost cinematographic and epic dimension. Stuart Hall has won numerous awards which is both and admired and collected. His clients include Nike, Honda, Sony, Honda, Easyjet, Remington, Police, Sky, Ralph Lauren, AA, Nokia, Panasonic and Brother.