On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, The G2 Gallery will premiere the exhibit SPILL: Images from the Gulf by acclaimed photographer Daniel Beltra. Coinciding with the three-year anniversary of the disaster, SPILL features images from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.
Daniel Beltra spent 40 days documenting the largest oil spill in recent history. Known for his stunning aerial photography, Daniel used his strong sense of color and composition to create a visually compelling series about the man-made disaster.
While these images impress upon the viewer the shocking magnitude of the damage, they also reveal a strange beauty. In an interview with the Aspen Times, Daniel explains, “I don’t want it to be just beautiful, I want people to think about the impact we are having on our planet. I hope they will open a stronger dialogue about living in a more sustainable way.”
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
With 4.9 million barrels of oil pumped into the gulf, and only 800,000 barrels trapped by containment efforts, the total impact of the oil spill is still unknown. In 2012, scientists were calculating the effects of the damage while drilling continued off American shores. Daniel Beltra takes viewers to locations where man and nature are at odds in order to, “instill a deeper appreciation for the precarious balance we are imposing on the planet.”
SPILL has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and aquariums. The images will be offered in limited editions and The G2 Gallery will donate all proceeds from art sales to the environmental non-profit, Greenpeace.
An opening reception for SPILL will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 6:30–9:00 pm. The reception will coincide with The G2 Gallery’s five-year anniversary celebration and the openings of two other exhibits, Nature LA: Cyanotypes by Christine Caldwell and Future Perfect, a five-year retrospective exhibit. Admission to the event will be $10 at the door and all proceeds will benefit Greenpeace.It's on view March 5–April 21, 2013 Live music, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary valet parking are included. RSVP
The G2 Gallery is at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA Tel. 310.452.2842, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. It is an award-winning nature and wildlife photography gallery that facilitates change by bringing attention to environmental issues through the power of photographic art. G2 shares this passion with both celebrated and emerging environmental photographers, who use the camera as a tool to inspire conservation.