Photography by Ira Gardner | Missouri Triangle

Missouri Triangle Pumperjacks, 2012

 

When I was a small child living in LA I was always fascinated by the oil pumpjacks  that seemed to appear just about anywhere.  We could see them next to houses and by the beach.  When I saw them in a large group it reminded me of the hammers on a piano and I could pretend to hear the music of oil wells.




This past summer I ended up driving through a patch of dessert in California known as the Missouri Triangle.  When we stopped at the local diner we found out this little spot on the globe is the sixth largest oil production area in the world.