Buying art is like being in a relationship. First, you casually notice the artwork when browsing. Then, you visit the work regularly to see if that initial attraction still exists. Next, you try it on to see if it fits. Lastly, you decide you can’t live without it.
My story is about gratitude. It’s about the extraordinary humans who stayed behind. Those neighborhood leaders, who together with the community around them, solved problems daily as they rebuilt New Orleans from the ground up. Those local heroes, who, when were left to fend for themselves, unselfishly stepped up and started doing for the greater good.
On July 29, 2005, I packed my bags and boarded a plane to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I began my new life as an English teacher in a land where I knew no one nor the language. Exactly one month later, I watched the television in horror, feeling helpless, as I sat alone on the other side of the… Read more »
I moved here after the levees failed. I am one of the post-flood volunteers that fell in love with New Orleans. Now I live here, have a family here, and will hopefully live here for the rest of my life. Not actually having gone through Katrina, I have the utmost respect for those that did. I can’t… Read more »
Emerging from the Flood, Andy Levin Chief Roderick Sylvas of the Wild Tchoupitoulas parades past a blighted house damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2007. This photograph symbolizes the resilient spirit of the Mardi Gras Indians and the city of New Orleans so prominent in the years after Hurricane Katrina when it was unclear if the… Read more »
On the morning of August 26, 2005, after the storm passed through New Orleans, the levees failed and the world fell silent in shocked disbelief. What happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina forever changed the landscape of New Orleans. The Katrina X, used by the National Guard to mark their search, still remains on… Read more »
Fernandes’s choice to stay in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina allowed him to develop a true photographic voice within his documentary work. His pieces capture those caught in the crossroads of history, whose optimism and defiance in spite of repression and poverty are used daily as a means of survival. In Cecelia + Jose Fernandes’s… Read more »