Photographer Bruno Oliveira is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photography essay. From his project ‘Undermining‘, a project about consumerism and the environment. To see Bruno’s stories and photographs click on any image.
On the 5th of November 2015, a dam at Samarco mining company in Minas Gerais, Brazil, collapsed and released an estimated 50 million cubic meters of mud waste, destroying several villages and killing 17 people. The mud travelled a distance of 700km through the Doce river until it reached the sea, causing the biggest environmental disaster in the history of the country. The mud is considered harmless against humans however its density in the water prevents fish from breathing.
This project looks at the environmental impact caused by the mining company as a result of society’s demands. It approaches the issue from a different angle by acknowledging Samarco’s responsibility for the accident but also questioning why they are there in the first place.