March 5, 2013 - April 21, 2013
Featuring: Daniel Beltrá
In April 2010, a BP oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, leaking 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the ocean and wreaking havoc on the marine life in the weeks and months that followed. Three years later, the destruction of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is still being felt by the Gulf’s coastal inhabitants and aquatic creatures. SPILL captures the devastation of the disaster as it happened, conveying an odd sense of beauty in the chaos.
Though the photographs may be beautiful, they are also meant to elicit shock and spur action. The immense scope of the spill and its enduring consequences have not effected regulatory change, as many had hoped. The spill’s impact is still being studied, and policy implementation has been sluggish, at best. Beltra hopes this exhibit will drive people towards more sustainable approaches to energy and further open the discussion about how to prevent another catastrophic accident.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His passion for conservation is evident in his large-scale photographs, the most striking of which are shot from the air. After two months of photographing the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, Daniel produced the exhibit SPILL which premiered in August 2010, and has continued to tour around the world.
Over the past two decades, Beltrá’s work has taken him to all seven continents, including several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian ice fields.For his work on the Gulf Oil Spill he has received many accolades. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Power Award. In 2011 he received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award from the Natural History Museum, and the Lucie Award for the International Photographer of the Year - Deeper Perspective. Daniel is a fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, and has photographed many international expeditions with Greenpeace.
Reception: March 9, 2013 in conjunction with G2 Gallery Anniversary celebration
$10 admission at door will benefit environmental charities
Greenpeace is the largest independent environmental organization in the world. Founded in 1971, Greenpeace has been dedicated to global environmental campaigns. It uses peaceful, direct-action tactics to fight for the conservation of flora and fauna and the protection of our planet. As an independent organization, Greenpeace does not receive any money from governments, corporations or political parties, relying instead on foundation grants and the support of its nearly three million members to provide funding for its initiatives.