Michel Varisco's Photos

Shifting exhibition photographic images


Fort Proctor near Hopedale, Louisiana

Fort Proctor

Area where the land loss is obvious, Fort Proctor. Below is the rock formation built by the corp of engineers for the MRGO or the Mississppi River Gulf Outlet

Marsh degradation

Tiny grass islands are all that remains of a once healthy marsh due to salt water entering a fresh water marsh area too rapidly. On the right are cut outs or canals cut through the marshes, without proper restoring of the marshes without proper back fill.

Logging or pipeline channels

Cut out channels in the Marshes outside of New Orleans

Dulac Former Cypress Forest

Saltwater intrusion caused this cypress forest to diminish, and the marshes are in decline.

Bayou La Chape, Dead Cypress Forest Disintegrating Marsh

The next phase of marsh degradation from saltwater intrusion.

Dead Cypress Forest

Dead Cypress and Marsh loss due to saltwater intrusion.


Entrance to the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet near Lake Borgne Archival chromogenic photograph, 2009

birds from Anderson island

Spoonbills, White ibis', gulls, terns, blue herons, egrets, and more fly above the Anderson island rookerie near Hopedale, LA.

Hopedale, Louisiana

Clear waters near Hopedale, Louisiana 30"x40"

Branches Atchafalaya Basin Fall

Fall in the Atchafalaya Basin

Marshes near Turiano Lagoon

Healthy marshes outside of New Orleans near the Turiano Lagoon.

Pass a Loutre (Outer Pass)

One of the three tributaries at the mouth of the Mississippi river where there are no levees and the land is able to rebuild.

Southwest Pass

The mouth of the Mississippi river that has jetties that force the alluvial soil off the continental shelf- to avoid island formation for uninterrupted commerce to pass. (Built by the Corps of Engineers and based on James Ead's design)

Possum Cove

Atchafalaya Basin morning. Winter.

DarkWaters Atchafalaya Basin

Early morning in the Atchafalaya Basin, with fog

Edge of the Marshes, Lake Borgne

Marshes just outside of New Orleans.

Marsh regeneration techniques

Marsh burning and Marsh Terracing are techniques used to regenerate the marshes

Damage Control

Oil in the Gulf of Mexico during the April 2010 Deepwater horizon oil spill Oil in the Gulf of Mexico during the BP Deepwater horizon oil spill in 2010

Oil sheen in Gulf

Deepwater Horizon Oil spill

Deepwater horizon oil spill May 31st, 2010

Burn Off

One technique used to remove oil from the BP oil spill.

Cypress Forest, St Rose, Louisiana

Healthy Cypress Forest in St. Rose, LA.

Turning Tree (Atchafalaya Basin Fall)

Cypress Tree near possum cove with the ever changing water line on its trunk

Rigs on horizon

Directly opposite the mouth of the Mississippi River, where the fresh water meets the salty Gulf waters.

Oil tanks in Port Fourchon, LA

Streams of oil in Gulf

The red streaks that look like veins are a chemical reaction of the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico being exposed to sunlight turning it red.

Spoiled horizon

Oiled rookerie

This rookerie near Grand Isle which hosted pelicans and egrets galore was contaminated with oil from the BP oil spill


Dispersant in the Gulf near the Chandeleur Islands.

Oil that has changed color in the sun streams through the Gulf of Mexico

Moose like oil near Pass a Loutre (by the mouth of the river)

Beaches at the Gulf of Mexico

Sand from the Waveland beaches show signs of tiny beach life as oil starts to creep in

oiled rookerie

Booms fail to protect these bird nesting rookerie islands near Grand Isle, Louisiana

Chandeleur Island

One of a string of Islands known as the Chandeleur Islands in the Gulf of Mexico

Judge Williams, oyster fisherman at harvest time

Judge Williams fishing for oysters at beginning of the Gulf oil spill. Middle shot is a piece from the exploded rig Dye sublimated photographs on silk 120"x60"

Chandeleur Island

Northern Chandeleur Island

Bonnet Carre Spillway Opening

Major Diversion of water from the Mississippi River to the Lake Ponchartrain during the spring rising tide of 2011

Mississippi River flooding through a release of the Morganza and Bonnet Carre Spillways

Mississippi River rising waters, 2011. Left is the Bonnet Carre Spillway, center are farmlands burned in preparation for the floodwaters, right flooded farmlands and riparian forests

Land use in Louisiana

Levees, developments in marshes, Industry

Causeway Bridge over Lake Ponchartrain

One of the longest bridges in the world over Lake Ponchartrain


Oil epxloration tracks in the marshes on the upper left, and channels cut out of marshes expedite land erosion

Delta Birdsfoot

The mouth of the Mississippi River

New Land

The mouth of the Atchafalaya River

New Island

Near the mouth of the Atchafalaya river