Michael Kamber took the time to write a long and thoughtful post answering many of the questions he receives from photographers starting out. And as it always happens, people have chimed in with their own words of wisdom. Most of this advice is geared towards photojournalists. Check it out at lightstalkers See more of Michael's work at http://www.kamberphoto.com
As hard as it is to look at these images, it's important that they are made and widely circulated. BP would like to keep images like these from getting out, but the public needs to see the horrid effects this massive oil spill is having on wildlife, the environment, the beaches, people's livelihoods and the entire Gulf ecosystem.
See more images by AP Photographer Charlie Riedel at http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/06/caught_in_the_oil.html
File under "sad but not surprising". Photojournalists are being denied access by BP to huge chunks of the coastline affected by the oil spill. Even flyovers are being controlled by BP. Imagery of the devastating effects of the oil spill will surely bring more public outrage, and BP is hoping to control this.
Last week, a CBS TV crew was threatened with arrest when attempting to film an oil-covered beach. On Monday, Mother Jones published this firsthand account of one reporter’s repeated attempts to gain access to clean-up operations on oil-soaked beaches, and the telling response of local law enforcement. The latest instance of denied press access comes from Belle Chasse, La.-based Southern Seaplane Inc., which was scheduled to take a New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer for a flyover on Tuesday afternoon, and says it was denied permission once BP officials learned that a member of the press would be on board.