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Photos for the Gulf: First Anniversary Edition (2011)

Photos for the Gulf: First Anniversary Edition coverPhotos for the Gulf: First Anniversary Edition was published on April 20, 2011, the first anniversary of the oil spill. The goal was to bring renewed attention to the environmental effects continuing to impact the Gulf Coast as a result of the spill.

The layout was designed for impact. Almost all photos received a two-page spread. Backgrounds complimented colors in the photos. Reflection fonts were enlarged and more dynamic. We wanted to depict our photographers’ work in a way that really showcased the beauty of their images and the power of there words.

Book Details

  • Edited by: Bill Wolff and Billie Hara
  • Introduction by: Dr. Erin K. Grey
  • Photographers: dawn m. armfield, B.J. Burton, Margaret Coughlin, PK Donson, Sharon Gerald, Billie Hara, David Johndrow, Christopher W. Luhar-Trice, Neha Luhar-Trice, Marianne Marcell, Frank Myers, David Morgen, Stephen Pearlman, Cheryl Rutherford, Christina Steidl, Torri Thompson, Sanford Tweedie, Michael Waddell, Nora Whalen, James White, Stephanie Willson, Bill Wolff
  • Benefiting Organization: Gulf Restoration Network
  • Currently on Sale Via: Blurb for Good On Demand Bookstore

From the Dr. Grey’s Introduction

A year later, due to the complexity of nature and oil, we still do not understand very well these hard to see impacts. Questions linger: How did oil and chemical dispersant move through the food webs, how long did (or will) it stay, and how many organisms died as a result? How much oil is still out there, lurking in underwater plumes or mixed into the sediment, waiting for the next storm to whip it back up? What are the non-lethal effects of the oil? Will some organisms be more susceptible to disease or suffer reproductive problems? Understanding these impacts will be complex and will take years to understand—not something likely to make headlines in today’s high through-put society.  But it is vital that people realize that the spill will affect the Gulf for years to come. We must continue to study what happened and help restore the ecosystem.

Photos for the Gulf (2010)

Photos for the Gulf coverOur first book. It will always hold a special place in our hearts. It was also a bit of an experiment: can a photo blog turned publisher of on demand books raise money through submission fees and book sales for a particular environmental cause? The answer: Yes.

Our call for entries sought “photographs of the Gulf Coast and life on the Gulf Coast as you have composed them through your lens and through your words. Your image can depict the Gulf Coast of your past or your present. The Gulf Coast stretches from the eastern shores of Texas to the western shores of Florida and we welcome images that represent the range of spaces, communities, and spaces in that vast region.”

The layout was informed by the metaphor of cleanliness: crisp white background, lots of white space, aligned images and text. It was quite similar to the goals of our blog: put image and text in close proximity and see how one informs the other.

Book Details

  • Edited by: Bill Wolff and Billie Hara
  • Photographers: dawn m. armfield, B.J. Burton, Margaret Coughlin, PK Donson, Sharon Gerald, Billie Hara, David Johndrow, Christopher W. Luhar-Trice, Neha Luhar-Trice, Marianne Marcell, Frank Myers, David Morgen, Stephen Pearlman, Cheryl Rutherford, Christina Steidl, Torri Thompson, Sanford Tweedie, Michael Waddell, Nora Whalen, Stephanie Willson, Bill Wolff
  • Benefiting Organization: Gulf Restoration Network
  • Currently on Sale Via: Blurb for Good On Demand Bookstore
  • Press: “Rowan prof’s book aims to bring attention to the Gulf,” Gloucester County Times, February 20, 2011, by Jessica Driscoll

From the Introduction

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers. Oil immediately began gushing into the Gulf at a rate of almost 62,000 gallons per day. By the time the well was capped nearly five months later approximately 153 million gallons of oil had spewed into the Gulf. It is, in short, one of the most devastating environmental disasters in the history of the United States.

As we sat and watched the events of this disaster unfold, seemingly endlessly, two things became clear. First, we needed to find a way to help. But, without training in cleaning oil from beaches and animals, there was little we could do. Second, we realized that the impact of this disaster was felt so strongly as a result of the proliferation of images of the event. There were 24-hour live video feeds of oil ceaselessly erupting out of the sea floor. There were photographs from space showing the oil slick slithering into the bayous and natural preserves that make up the Gulf Coast. There were photographs of pelicans, turtles, and egrets coated and weighed down so thoroughly in brown crude tar that they defied belief. But there was no denying the power of these images in spurring the need to help and making us question the legacy of human beings on the creatures, natural spaces, and ecosystems with which we share this planet.

Sales and Donations from Photos for the Gulf and Photos for the Gulf: First Anniversary Edition

Total On Demand Books Sold to Date: 125
Total Raised to Date: $955 through books sales and submission fees (only 9 more books need to sell to reach $1000!)
To help with these efforts, purchase your copy of Photos for the Gulf: First Anniversary Edition and/or Photos for the Gulf today!

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