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Trade Secret
Photograph by Sarah Leen

Somewhere in the western U.S., at a place nicknamed the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World," oil and its derivatives flow in and out of storage as they're bought, sold, and sent off to customers around the country 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For security reasons the town's Safety Alliance has asked that the location not be identified. "I wish times were different and we could say more," says a spokesman from a company operating there. "This is a unique facility where hundreds of interconnected underground pipelines move millions of barrels of products every day."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Nikkor 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day:  Morning
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment or Comments: This facility has very high security. In an effort to convey that feeling, I photographed this tank farm through the windshield of the employee's truck so that you feel like you are getting a restricted view of the place.


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