Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Amanda with Mr. Chuck Byrne in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans. Mr. Byrne has been living in his 200 square foot FEMA trailer on the front lawn of his childhood home for 2 years while he works through the red tape of reconstruction. He opened his home to us and shared his moving story -- it was a truly humbling morning. You can read more about Mr. Byrne's story on Amanda's blog.

Below, Mr. Byrne in his home with a ship in a bottle that once belonged to his grandfather. Byrne grew up in this home and ultimately raised his family here until it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. In addition to meeting Mr. Byrne, we also had the opportunity to sit down with Miss Gibbs. The students met Miss Gibbs last time they were here during some work with Rebuilding New Orleans Together. Miss Gibbs sat down with us today in her newly remodeled home and shared stories about her collection of photographs that is currently finding its way to the walls. The photographs, salvaged from her home post-Katrina, were on the wall just above the water lines and were the only things, along with the china, that she salvaged.

Below: Keith Cich at work on a panoramic shot in the home of Mr. Chuck Byrne.

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