I can’t believe it has been 10 years.
I visited New Orleans for the first time in the fall of 2006, and I immediately fell in love with the city. I proposed to the love of my life, and we took off for a long weekend away. It was Meghan’s first trip back since graduating from Tulane Law School in the spring of 2005. It was an amazing weekend. I got to experience the city through her eyes, and understood why she felt so strongly about it. Though the city was not the same as it was before Katrina, I could still see and feel what was so special about it. There is an energy that radiates there that I never felt anywhere else. The people of New Orleans are resilient.
I’ve been able to capture some incredible images of New Orleans since that first visit, but decided to take a look back at some of the raw images from the trip. Meghan and I took a drive through the Lower Ninth Ward, and I captured the still-devastated landscape. There were no functioning traffic lights. The area seemed war-torn. Looking at the destruction, I could only imagine the pain felt by the people who called it home, and would hopefully call it home again. I believe in New Orleans!
The below images are mostly from cross-processed 35mm slide film.