In his project Ubi Energeia Fuit, Dutch photographer Reinier Treur explores traces in the landscape that remind us of former energy related human activity: stone heaps that belonged to closed coals mines, an obsolete railway that was used to transport crude oil, trees that once surrounded a natural gas drilling site, a pond that was the result of lignite mining.
The projects title refers to the verse "Iam seges est, ubi Troia fuit" from the Roman poet Ovid: "Now there are fields where Troy once stood”.
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In the Netherlands, densely populated as it is, factories and production facilities are usually demolished soon after they haven been taken out of use, and the valuable ground is re-used rapidly. A residential area, new nature or leisure facilities are erected. Yet, if you know what to look for, traces of the former energy production can still be seen. Like any other human activity, it has altered the landscape for ever.
Reinier Treur is a PR adviser, editor and photographer, based in the north of the netherlands. In his non commissioned photography projects he focuses on the relation between mankind and the landscape, with a preference for empty, dilapidated and gloomy places.