Essay: a glimpse of Industrialized Mars
This gallery is from a recent visit to a bauxite processing industrial complex, located in Boeotia, Greece. Greece has some of the largest bauxite deposits in Europe, and one of the few vertically-integrated aluminum industry processes in the World. The complex was built during the sixties, and the area, complete with permanent settlements built for the workers is known as "Aspra Spitia" ("White Houses") in Greek. More info can be found in Wikipedia's articles about the place and the industry.
What makes the largest impression is obviously the redish/brown bauxite color that covers virtually everything around the industrial landscape. This evoked images we use to associate with the planet Mars, thus the title of this essay. The concept of coldness, mechanical efficiency and complete lack of visible human presence, are overwhelming. Only the sporadic appearance of plant life in the vicinity somewhat breaks the engineering monotony. This was further emphasized that day, by the heavily overcast weather.
All photos with the E-M1 + Zuiko 75mm f/1.8.