Human Impact Mining, Oil, Climate Change, Waste and Consumption
Rob has been photographing human impact on the environment for over 40 years. This new website is not fully loaded so please return as we will be loading more images every week.
Mining on Our Public Lands series was a multiple year self assigned project. Rob wanted to highlight the tremendous impact, destruction and pollution on our public lands was being created by both US and foreign mining companies. Rob was invited to present this series at the National Press Club, by the Sierra Club, during President Clinton's attempt to reform the 1872 Mining Law.
The second series Oil Spill documents the attempts to clean up the 58,0000 gallon oil spill on November 7, 2007, resulting from Hanjin Shipping's 65,131-ton Cosco Busan container ship collision with the Oakland-Bay Bridge, San Francisco Bay, California.
The third series California Burns documents the affect of wildfires in Southern California on wildlands and urban areas. California wildfires can erupt and burn hundreds of thousands of acres per year. Often homes in both rural and urban areas are reduced to charred rubble. Rob Badger created these photos from the 240,00 acre Zaca Fire near Santa Barbara in 2007, the Oakridge Fire in Los Angeles, and the Montecito Fire in the Santa Barbara hills.
All aerial images were made in collaboration with Lighthawk.