Using photography to better our world is a novel thought for some but for others it’s a way of life. I often think about the possibilities of using my photography skills to help. Because of daily tasks and commitments my big ideas and good intentions usually get whittled down to occasionally volunteering my skills for events held by local organizations. Not nearly enough in my book.
Phil Nesmith, a 2004 RMSP Career Training graduate, is taking his photography and art to a whole new level of environmental consciousness. Phil is currently photographing the oil spill and its effects on the gulf coast. While many photographers are documenting this environmental disaster, his images will be incredibly unique. Phil uses the collodion, or wet plate, photographic process to capture his images. This time-consuming and challenging process results in hauntingly beautiful images. To see more about this process watch this great youtube video.
Phil began his project, Exposure: An expedition to the oil threatened Gulf Coast, in Louisiana on June 8th and he completed his final day of shooting on June 26th at the BP oil rig. To see his logged updates from this project visit his Kickstarter project page or his Facebook page. To see more of Phil’s work, visit his website philnesmith.com and his blog philnesmith.wordpress.com/