(Beach) Apocalypse Now

A Day at the Beach, Baton Rouge, Lousiana (REUTERS/Sean Gardner)

A Day at the Beach, Baton Rouge, Lousiana (REUTERS/Sean Gardner)

I love this photo in a kind of “postcards from the apocalypse” kind of way. The way the photo inverts the usual overly bright and shiny beach postcard genre. It’s gorgeously unsentimental and tragic.

The manufacturing of a safe beach outing, complete with a garden hose to pipe in safe water and oil derrick peeking above the horizon.

Gives me a kind of Cormac McCarthy Road moment (but with less dinginess).

From a recent Big Picture series documenting the oil’s invasion of the Louisiana. As always, great photos to check out if you have a minute.