Picturing Pollution

by Kevin G. Coulton, Water Resources Engr.; Coulton Environmental, 7450 SW Canyon Lane, Portland, OR 97225,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 3, Pg. 62-63

Document Type: Feature article


Kevin G. Coulton is a professional engineer and photographer who sees in the iridescent sheen of an oil slick on a rainy street a novel way to increase public awareness of water pollution caused by storm-water runoff. His abstractly beautiful photographs are meant to lure viewers into noticing, perhaps for the first time, a very common form of pollution people see, but don't think about, he says. Coulton's photographs have been exhibited at EPA headquarters and regional offices, at other government agencies, and in schools and businesses, and have been featured on Portland television and in magazines. He has also put together slide presentations on water resources issues and hopes to see his images used in green advertising, as displays in airport terminals as part of their NPDES public education activities and as computer screen savers. Some examples of Coulton's work appear in this article.

Subject Headings: Photography | Water pollution | Pollution | Education | Water resources | Professional development | Hazardous materials spills | Rain water

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