Photographing the BP oil spill

Photographer Daniel Beltra spent 40 days photographing the aftermath of the BP oil spill. The spill resulted in 4.9 million barrels of oil pumped into the gulf; only 800,000 barrels have been trapped by containment efforts. We still don’t know the full impact of the spill. Beltra’s photos are now on display through April 21 at the G2 Gallery in Venice.

Fort Jackson, Louisiana (USA). June 20, 2010. Volunteers of the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and the International Bird Rescue Research Center run the facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana , where they clean birds covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. The BP leased oil platform that exploded on April 20 and sank after burning. Photo by © Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace.
Fort Jackson, Louisiana (USA). June 20, 2010. Volunteers of the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and the International Bird Rescue Research Center run the facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana , where they clean birds covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead.

A plume of smoke rises from a burn of collected oil. A total of 411 controlled burns were used to try rid the Gulf of the most visible surface oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon wellhead.
A plume of smoke rises from a burn of collected oil. A total of 411 controlled burns were used to try rid the Gulf of the most visible surface oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon wellhead.

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