In 2010, a toxic spill in western Hungary killed nine people and forced the evacuation of thousands of others. The spill saw about 1 million cubic meters of aluminum sludge flood nearby areas after the retaining wall around one of the reservoirs went down.
The sludge included chemicals and materials like lead, heavy metals and highly alkaline substances. Going a step further, the sludge is slightly radioactive as well and can cause a burning sensation on the skin. Spanish photographer Palíndromo Mészáros traveled to Hungary to take a look at the effects of the spill, and photographed it all focusing not so much on the people there, but on the town and landscape that has been marked with the sludge.
Mészáros visited the site six months after the incident to capture photographs for the series he calls “The Line.” As can be seen from the images, the sludge tainted everything it touched with a scarlet hue, reaching about two meters high at many points.