The oil fields of Kern County are otherworldly. Obscured by the Tule fog, the pumpjacks and pipes can appear to go on forever. The men who work in these fields are subjected to physical and chemical hazards. Many are migrant oil workers, traveling from site to site for six months at a time. Others live in the dust of Taft and Bakersfield. Sacrifice and danger: the conditions that produced the oil millions of years ago are repeated by those who are hired to retrieve it.
Despite being known as black gold, Anderson captured the colorful sheen that the oil produces, not unlike the rainbow stream that flows from a car wash. Like oil, Anderson’s photographs adhere to your mind’s eye, reminding you of the humanity found in this line of work.