Photographer Jane Fulton Alt writes:
Living on the shores of Lake Michigan, I am acutely aware of the disastrous toll the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has taken on all forms of life, especially as our beaches opened to the 2010 swimming season. This environmental, social and economic catastrophe highlights a much larger problem that has inflicted untold suffering as we exploit the earth’s resources worldwide.
Check out all of the powerful images in the Crude Awakening project at Alt's website. Alt also put the collection to music featuring Johnny Cash's stirring rendition of, "Hurt", from the late singer's last album before he died: