Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Published this week in LensCulture’s Contemporary Issues section, I consider this photograph one of the most important in my career to date…
A pregnant Orca, known as J-32, was discovered dead near Comox in the Pacific Northwest in December, 2014. This photograph was made during the necropsy 2 days later.
Preliminary data indicates a combination of starvation and toxic anthropogenic pollutants were the cause.
When a whale cannot find enough food it begins to metabolize its blubber fat and, as the Northwest killer whales are among the most contaminated marine mammals in the world, the toxic chemicals enter their bloodstream causing serious illness and death.
This photograph comes from an on-going series titled “Singular Observations” collecting stand-alone images, small projects and field observations often captured while traveling or working on larger projects and assignments. The images are realized as large scale exhibition prints.