Exhibit: Two Brooklyn Photographers Document How An Alabama Town Deals With The BP Oil Spill
Reed Young and Michael De Pasquale capture images and stories of residents of a fishing town hard hit by the BP oil disaster
Mired In The Bayou is a new exhibition at the 99% Gallery in Brooklyn which provides a personal account of how residents of Bayou La Batre are dealing with the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill. The exhibition features the photography work of two friends from Brooklyn, Reed Young and Michael De Pasquale. After following the news of the disaster, they wanted to find out first hand what the effects were on a local community. They chose Bayou La Batre, a place neither of them had been before for two reasons. First, the small town of about 2,500 residents was Alabama’s main seafood port and dependent on a healthy Gulf of Mexico. Second, the town is culturally and ethnically very diverse. The local fishing industry has attract people from all over the world including a high percentage from Vietnam.