One House…

February 8, 2010

    

Clothes in destroyed Lower 9 bedroom

(C) Copyright 2008 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

…serves as a powerful memory of my first trip to New Orleans.   

Not long after having arrived at the HandsOn New Orleans group house in January 2008, we began to hear of a home in the Lower 9th Ward near the Industrial Canal with clothes still hanging in a closet.  One afternoon after our work for the day was complete, we drove across the Claiborne Avenue Bridge  into the Lower 9th Ward in search of the house.     

After making the first image shown above, I completed a sequence of images while walking roughly east-to-west along the length of the house:   

Destroyed kitchen in Lower 9 house

(C) Copyright 2008 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

One must remember that these photographs were made two-and-a-half years after Hurricane Katrina.
Hat outside Lower 9 house

(C) Copyright 2008 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This house was located in the area destroyed when the Industrial Canal seawall was breeched creating a massive flood.
Car beside Lower 9 house

(C) Copyright 2008 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

When back in New Orleans eleven months later (December 2008), I found no traces of this house.  I still wonder what happened to those who once wore these clothes, cooked in this kitchen, and drove this car.
Take care.
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