Nick Zantop is an American fashion, advertising, and documentary photographer and editor of the adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com. His work has been featured in publications and shows internationally.
The photographic series, "Factory: Earth" explores the environmental damage wrought by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The images are starkly beautiful, yet haunting, as they remind the viewer of the terrible price we all pay for the frenzied need for petroleum.
Eleven people were killed in the explosion which triggered one of the worst oil spills of all time: Two hundred and ten million gallons of crude oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico unabated for 86 days.
Many of the images in the series depict the oil slicks swirling in rainbow-colored patterns on the surface of the water, freckled with orange spots of floating crude. Cleanup workers raked the petroleum-saturated shore for weeks, as each arriving wave brought more and more oil ashore.