CARLOS DETRES

Photo Journal

This is where my personal projects are born, as well as behind the scenes perspectives of the photo shoots I've done.

Should we not wake the eff up...

The cemetery project is being sequenced. After reviewing all of the photos, it was very clear that two projects were in there. One about the dead not being safe from the living and the other a work dedicated to the admiration of the beauty and decay. The former is a photo essay and the latter a book.

Anyway...

Now that photography is done with those projects I'm on to the next thing(s) which is a work about the economic impact of wetland loss in Louisiana. Our region is losing natural territory faster than any in the world but unfortunately the news doesn't get a whole lot of national press. It happens a lot in this state. 

Oil companies such as BP are certainly not the only ones to blame, however the industry is the biggest factor for preventing extended losses, of which is currently about a football field a day. 

The goal of this project is to provide the visual ammo for non-profit organizations to use as a way to inspire others into action or at the very least, awareness like that small rock in your shoe -- you'll feel something wrong. It will take me through bayous, small towns, abandoned oil wells and polluted coasts. I'm not sure how long this project will take but I imagine quite some time. At least a few years.

I don't expect drastic changes but any little bit of awareness can go a long way, especially in this beautiful state.

It really is pretty.

Below is an image posted by NOLA.com that depicts a more accurate outline of how Louisiana currently looks. 

And this incredible article by Brett Anderson from where I got this image.