Gulf of Mexico
Photo by: Rush Jagoe/Special to The Dispatch

LA - Partial to Home: Beauty and sadness as Louisiana dissolves into the sea

Ben Depp is a New Orleans-based freelance photographer with a fixation on Louisiana's disappearing wetlands.

His large-scale aerial photographs depict watery landscapes that have suffered the ravages of man yet manage to retain a unmistakable beauty. His pictures feature abandoned shrimp boats, mangrove swamps crosshatched with shimmering blue canals, flocks of birds flying over vegetation glowing with surreal hues.

While his pictures are hauntingly beautiful -- and are sought by collectors and museum curators -- they also offer troubling evidence of the gradual disappearance of a fragile ecosystem.

South Louisiana is slowly dissolving into the Gulf of Mexico. It has been for years.

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