I drove past this refinery on my way into Salt Lake City after I had spent the summer photographing public lands that were being leased for oil, gas and coal development. This was the other end of that chain that leads to our energy usage, and I had to turn around and take a photograph of this incredible scene. The steam around refinery, lit from the inside by the orange lights of the place, made it look like a scene from Dante’s inferno.

This photograph was accepted into the juried show “Earth Through A Lens” and shown in California in early 2011.