In July 2006, accompanied by my friend Cliff who grew up in New Orleans, I embarked on a photographic expedition to cover the city a year after the devastating storms of 2005. Hurricane Katrina and the resulting catastrophic levee failures resulted in countless deaths and destruction totally more than $100,000,000,000 (that's $100 billion) in damage. Whole neighborhoods were wiped away as the city's poorest residents were left to fend for themselves. A year later the devastation was still visible. At times I was overwhelmed by the scope. There wasn't a parish not touched by the storm. While my overall experience was positive, I am still struck by how much has yet to be done.
Song: "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap
To learn more about how you can help the city of New Orleans and its residents, visit the following websites:
"Mama D" Dyan French on MSNBC - Watch the video! You'll recognize her from mine. Common Ground Relief - Solidarity, not charity New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund Unity of Greater New Orleans - formerly Unity for the Homeless