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  • Hiways and business sites stand empty after the evacuation of the city of New Orleans, Sept 8th 2005 The homes are reflected in the eerie stillness of the floodwaters. Note: this panoramic image was produced by shooting 2 frames next to each other and then joining them in photoshop. The content of the image has not been altered in any way and no elements have been imported from one image to the next or from any other image.

  • Homes in the area near Franklin ave. stand empty after the evacuation of the city of New Orleans, Sept 9th 2005 The homes are reflected in the eerie stillness of the floodwaters. The orange X indicates that the house has been searched.

  • Clothing, assorted pieces of cloth and other debris hang in the trees near Biloxi, Mississipi. Sept 3rd 2005

  • KATRINA, REMEMBERED

    Memebers of the 82nd airborne drive through an area of N.O known as Mid-City in search of people to evacuate. Sept 7th 2005

  • KATRINA, REMEMBERED

    New Orleans, 9th sept 2005 57 year old Larry Connerly walks toward the Convention Centre in New Orleans, carrying his posessions in a grocery cart. After holding out on his own for almost 2 weeks, Mr. Connerly dwlaked to the Convention centre in Downtwon New Orleans and asked to be evacuated.

  • Men arrested for looting are held in a temporary prison established at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Downtown New Orleans after the evacuation of the city, Sept 8th 2005 The Warden of Angola Prison, Burl Cain, was overseeing the temporary prison.

  • Homes nort of the I-10 freeway stand empty after the evacuation of the city of New Orleans, Sept 8th 2005 The homes are reflected in the eerie stillness of the floodwaters.

  • Hiways and business sites stand empty after the evacuation of the city of New Orleans, Sept 8th 2005 The homes are reflected in the eerie stillness of the floodwaters. Note: this panoramic image was produced by shooting 2 frames next to each other and then joining them in photoshop. The content of the image has not been altered in any way and no elements have been imported from one image to the next or from any other image.

  • Homes in the area near Franklin ave. stand empty after the evacuation of the city of New Orleans, Sept 9th 2005 The homes are reflected in the eerie stillness of the floodwaters. The orange X indicates that the house has been searched.

  • Clothing, assorted pieces of cloth and other debris hang in the trees near Biloxi, Mississipi. Sept 3rd 2005

  • KATRINA, REMEMBERED

    Memebers of the 82nd airborne drive through an area of N.O known as Mid-City in search of people to evacuate. Sept 7th 2005

  • KATRINA, REMEMBERED

    New Orleans, 9th sept 2005 57 year old Larry Connerly walks toward the Convention Centre in New Orleans, carrying his posessions in a grocery cart. After holding out on his own for almost 2 weeks, Mr. Connerly dwlaked to the Convention centre in Downtwon New Orleans and asked to be evacuated.

  • Men arrested for looting are held in a temporary prison established at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Downtown New Orleans after the evacuation of the city, Sept 8th 2005 The Warden of Angola Prison, Burl Cain, was overseeing the temporary prison.

  • Homes nort of the I-10 freeway stand empty after the evacuation of the city of New Orleans, Sept 8th 2005 The homes are reflected in the eerie stillness of the floodwaters.

KATRINA, REMEMBERED

One night 10 years ago, I was playing music with some friends when we heard that a terrible storm called Katrina had hit the coast of Mississipi, but that the levees had withstood the onslaught and New Orleans was safe. 

We played a "Mardi Gras Mambo" to celebrate, that shuffle beat that goes boom-b-boom-pause-boom-b-boom-pause. The next morning the news was bad, and soon after I got a call from Debbie Bondulic at People magazine. " Can you leave right away, meet the writer in Alabama and then get down to Biloxi by any means possible?".  

After a week in Biloxi chasing mercurial "feelgood" stories, I made my way alone to New Orleans in a rented 4X4. I'd heard they were evacuating the city and shutting it down. Mysteriously, my simple press pass got me through all the police checkpoints. At dusk I drove across the bridge, a long line of cars slowly winding their way out of the flooded city spread out below us. 

Here is a little of what I found in that eerie, almost empty place.