Oil Spill Photos by Gary Braasch in Vanity Fair Magazine

28 September 2010 | News story

CEC member Gary Braasch's photography and reporting from the BP Oil gusher and disaster in the Gulf continues. On 21 September, his photo of the Kemp's ridely sea turtle appeared online in Vanity Fair magazine.  

Every year, Rancho Nuevo, 900 miles southwest of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, sees a spectacular phenomenon: the arribada—mass nesting—of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, which has already neared extinction. This year, thousands of baby ridleys swam off toward a deadly new enemy. View the story by Alex Shoumatoff with Photograph by Gary Braasch, September 21, 2010.

More photos are available on Gary's portolio from the Vanity Fair assignment. Reflections on the fate of the most endangered sea turtle, the Kemp's Ridley, Lepidochelys kempii, whose juvenile habitat is centered in the oil spill area.

Gary Braasch's photography and reporting from the BP Oil gusher and disaster in the Gulf continues. "Call on us for well documented images combined with extensive research," he writes. Images reflect the entire event, from the 4.9 million barrels of oil that flowed out from the rig site for three months -- to the broad effects on and reactions by the people of the Gulf.

Please seee "Climate Photo of the Week" and a link to three postings of images >>

My work here will help illustrate the link between the warming atmosphere and the overuse of fossil fuels and risky drilling for more oil. I am reporting with Joan Rothlein, an environmental health scientist, and will be preparing reports and photos on many aspects of the oil spill that continues to heavily affect the Gulf waters.

Even though fresh crude is no longer flowing, recent days have seen oiled birds and sea creatures still being found and brought in and hundreds of miles of coast still oiled. Despite opening of some fishing areas, some fishers are wary of water and catch purity and many remain in the employ of BP.

We will be following the economic and nature effects of the oil on a third visit to the Gulf, Aug 8-17(accompanying a group of journalists, artists, and citizens from Portland Oregon on a person-to-person/city-to-city visit).

Gary Braasch Environmental Photography