Oil Spills

I might choose oil spills as the social issue for my second image. Oil spills can be very harmful to marine birds and mammals as well as fish and shellfish.

Oil destroys the insulating ability of fur-bearing mammals, such as sea otters, and the water repellency of a bird’s feathers, thus exposing these creatures to the harsh elements. Without the ability to repel water and insulate from the cold water, birds and mammals will die from hypothermia.

Many birds and animals also ingest oil when they try to clean themselves, which can poison them.

Fish and shellfish may not be exposed immediately, but can come into contact with oil if it is mixed into the water column. When exposed to oil, adult fish may experience reduced growth, enlarged livers, changes in heart and respiration rates, fin erosion, and reproduction impairment. Oil also adversely affects eggs and larval survival.


One thought on “Oil Spills

  1. I really like this idea that you have chosen as your issue of public debate photo-real image. I think that you could create some amazing images with Photoshop that clearly communicate to the audience the powerful message about oil spills and how they are harmful to sea creatures and also land creatures like mammals and marine birds.

    This picture you have chosen is quite powerful as it uses the harsh colours of dark grey and black. I think if you stick to a limited colour palette like the dark tones and colours, then it will really make your final piece effective and powerful.

    The message to your audience will be more powerful with a simple but sharp idea with this issue I think. Great work so far and I can’t wait to see your plans and sketches for this image!

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