Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The single is only $1.29! I know you can ALL afford $1.29. Every one of you should buy this song. Not only does it support a good cause, but it's a GREAT song!
Get it on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bp-blues/id389899419?i=389899426&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Get it on Amazon.com here: http://www.amazon.com/BP-Blues/dp/B0041BTZM8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1283270271&sr=8-1-catcorr
Friday, August 27, 2010
Keep the Project Alive
It’s no easy task to travel the country, shoot and edit photos and video and write stories about this land we call home. And it’s especially tough to do it by one’s self. That’s why I need your help. The Vanishing America Project survives solely on the occasional image/article sale and the generous donations from companies and individuals like you.
To keep these amazing images and stories coming, please help by visiting www.DonateVanAm.blogspot.com and providing any support you can.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I really didn't want to get this deep into the problems here on the Gulf Coast. I wanted to document the troubles, the solutions, Americans pulling together and a vanishing coastline and then move on to my next destination.
But things have changed. I'm beginning to take it personally now.
In my many journeys out on boats, helicopters, ATVs, and on foot to see the damage done, the cleanup efforts and the areas yet to be hit by the oil spill; in my many conversations with residents whose lives have been affected by the oil spill; in my own personal direct observations of how clean a place can LOOK without really being clean I've come to the conclusion that we are in a serious mess indeed.
I've walked along beautiful beaches with fresh sand and soaring gulls only to stumble upon tidal pools bubbling with buried oil. I've gone swimming in the "safe" waters off the coast of Mississippi only to find that I'm swimming in dispersant and emulsified oil. And I've watched with utter disbelief while the media and the government that is supposed to protect us tells the nation that everything is okay.
Everything is not okay.
As I stated before, I didn't want to get this deep into the situation here, but I have no choice. The waterways, coastlines and wildlife all look normal, but they aren't. They aren't. And I can't sit idly by while we're told that they are. I'm not an activist... I'm an artist. But I've seen things here that make me sick. If this isn't Vanishing America, then I don't know what is.
In that vein, I've started a new series of images to parallel my portrait series, People of the Spill. This series is called Accountability. What you see in the hands of these people is a plaque that every boat over 26 feet is supposed to display. The statement is issued by the US Coast Guard and reads as follows:
DISCHARGE OF OIL PROHIBITED -- THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT PROHIBITS THE DISCHARGE OF OIL OR OILY WASTE INTO OR UPON THE NAVIGABLE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES, OR THE WATERS OF THE CONTIGUOUS ZONE, OR WHICH MAY AFFECT NATURAL RESOURCES BELONGING TO, APPERTAINING TO, OR UNDER THE EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED STATES, IF SUCH DISCHARGE CAUSES A FILM OR DISCOLORATION OF THE SURFACE OF THE WATER OR CAUSES A SLUDGE OR EMULSION BENEATH THE SURFACE OF THE WATER. VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO SUBSTANTIAL CIVIL PENALTIES AND/OR CRIMINAL SANCTIONS INCLUDING FINES AND IMPRISONMENT.
The water, the marshes and the beaches are not clean yet. They may look clean, but they are not. And until someone is held accountable for the cleanup -- the ENTIRE cleanup -- our coastline and our wildlife will continue to disappear.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Drew is one of the people I've photographed for my "People of the Spill" series, and is one talented songwriter. (I didn't shoot this clip, so I apologize for the beginning being a little jacked-up).
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Share this video. Drew Wheelan is a friend of mine who came out to Grand Isle with me yesterday. What he's showing you is the oil that is still on the beaches in southern Louisiana. These images are proof that this isn't over.
check out his Gulf Oil Spill coverage at
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Many of you may have been seeing on the news that the worst of the oil spill is over and the beaches are clean, the water is clean, and everything will be back to normal soon. I understand the point of view from where many of the reports are coming. The journalists are only reporting what they see. But that's exactly the problem. You can't judge a book just by looking at the cover. The Ocean is a tremendously varied system. The winds, the waves, the currents, etc. all do different things in different places.
Here in Louisiana there are stretches of clean beach, but there are also stretches of nasty beach. There are sections of clean marsh, but there are also sections of oily marsh. It just depends on where you look. I was out on the beaches today and found oil that wasn't there yesterday. I also found oil a foot under the sand that was deposited by the latest high tide.
Low tide, high tide... the beach is always changing. So, yeah, of course there are clean places. The entire Gulf isn't a pool of oil. It just has oil IN IT. And that oil will wash up in some places, settle to the seafloor in other places and not show up at all in still other places. That's just the way it is. It depends on where you look.
But you can be sure that the oil is out there, it IS still washing up, and it WILL continue to do so for quite some time. It's naive to think that it won't. If you are brave enough to want to see the TRUTH, go to www.pcolagregg.com. He's tied in with everyone who is trying to tell the truth. Yeah, there are a few eco-nazis that go over the top, but it's easy to separate them from the real storytellers. Gregg is the real deal. Visit his website. You will be treated with a very clear picture of what's really happening. Don't turn your backs on this. It ain't over.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
of a Disturbing Place
Images from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster - Part 1
Fine Art collector's edition images from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster. Series of Six.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
The above are abstract images of the patterns formed in the oil that has been washing up on the beaches here in southern Louisiana. And, if you look closely, you can see hermit crab trails cutting through the surface skin.
Here is the link: http://www.weather.com/outlook/videos/tropical-update-6584#17889