The exploitation of resources becomes the exploitation of a population. Corporate influence increasingly dominates natural resources and intellectual property as it manipulates public discourse. Government, charged with corporate oversight often fails this duty. It is ultimately then, the individual who is expendable as corporations seek to expand their holdings and power, emerging as the dominant governing powers on the planet. The tragedy of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a microcosm of a worldwide dilemma. The landscape, the wildlife and thousands of people of the Gulf region are in ruin. Jobs and homes are being lost as corporate tactics of delay, coverup and blame shifting are implemented. Corporate policy was overwhelmingly evident when I was photographing on the Gulf Coast. BP orchestrated a campaign to limit information, hide the extent of the damage and to zealously protect its public image. Social justice and environmental sustainability were greenwashing slogans initiated by BP's marketing department. BP's corporate strategy included oppressive contracts for workers, with gag orders for everyone from boat captains to mess hall cleanup workers. Boat captains who signed the BP contract were specifically prohibited from taking scientists, environmentalists and journalists offshore. While taking photographs of the oiled landscape I was detained by the Coast Guard under orders from BP. I was again threatened with arrest while on-board a Plaquemines Parish vessel along with journalists and environmentalists attempting to evaluate the extent of the damage. It soon became evident that the only truth came from the people who's lives were being destroyed by the oil spill. Of the dozens of people I photographed and interviewed, there were scores too frightened to speak out for fear of losing everything. Of those who agreed to speak and be photographed, the consistent narrative was, "don't forget us".