Oil spill photos: Beauty in destruction

October 7, 2006

By Ma. Diosa Labiste
Inquirer, Oct. 7, 2006

BY the end of the exhibit on Oct. 9, the 150 photographs on the oil spill in Guimaras would have drawn hundreds of people, who would perhaps feel sorry for those affected or enraged by the destruction.

The photographs were taken by members of the Photographic Society of Iloilo (PSI), a hobby group of 26 years, now led by Dr. Malbar Ferer.

Sixteen members joined the photo safari in Guimaras more than three weeks after Aug. 11, the day when MT Solar I, carrying more than two million liters of bunker oil, sank off Guimaras, releasing some 250,000 liters of bunker oil.

They have missed a lot but also saw much.

By the time the PSI members were in Guimaras, the coastal communities were busy with the cleanup, the shoveling and the collection of sludge. Almost gone was the thick, black blanket of oil that smothered hectares of mangroves and seagrass beds, and smeared white-sand beaches on populated areas. The cleanup had removed some unsightly marks of the disaster and prepared the place for a presidential visit due on the fourth week.

But the photographs revealed what culprits of the disaster would rather not have shown. Frames captured the dying mangrove trees, their leaves blotched with bunker fuel.

(For the full story, click Oil spill photos.)


One comment

  1. Wow! I was shocked and dismayed! thanks for sharing. u r doing a wonderful work here.

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