I don't do a lot of plain documentary photos besides family stuff, but have recently been doing some shots of the environmental project I've got involved with as a result of my dam birds. I've become part of an interesting collaboration between Keep America Beautiful and the Pearl River Water Supply District which oversees the watershed of the river, for the purpose of addressing the litter that's endangering my birds and other wildlife. One of our "offspring" has been a massive cleanup of the entire length of the River, from beneath an ancient Indian mound on the Choctaw reservation all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. We had over 1000 volunteers last weekend and pulled over 18 TONS of trash out of the watershed on foot, in canoes, kayaks, fishing boats, rowboats and airboats. I made this shot as we got started last Saturday as a documentary image but it will become part of the support material for the dam bird portfolio when I file my report on the grant, so please offer suggestions about editing. I can't reshoot but I do have a few different views. I chose this one because it showed different kinds of approaches to the cleanup, the area beneath the dam, and some of the group. If you look at the original, you can spot a group of dam birds down at the bend watching us.
Here's the link to the report http://www.pearlriverkeeper.com/results.html
from the weekend. The people who spearheaded the cleanup are the biggest supporters for my bird project, hosted the opening event, and have made the birds their poster-children.
(Most of the images in the report are unfortunately not mine, as I ended up in the hospital before the end of the first day, and my pictures weren't available till much later in the week.)