Saturday, June 2, 2007

Katrina stories....

The secret to shooting
for more than three hours?
........Change of scenery.
Shooting more than one setting, breaks the shoots into mini shoots -
and therefore, I am more apt to being able to model longer.
Katrina stories.
The photographer today had a Katrina story...

... which led me to think that for people down here, Katrina is pretty much equivalent to the Twin Towers falling in NYC. Everyone down here remembers where they were, what they were doing, how their life changed....

He survived the storm, only to find out that the Levee had broken and that water was making its way into the city - both him and his wife, who is the head nurse at a local hospital, helped vacate their hospital .... over 20 cars, evacuating patients who were on respirators and couldn't evacuate themselves..... both him and his wife returned to help a local Hospice which needed help, 1/3 of the patients there had already perished because generators had failed.... To get to the hospice, they had to take buses with an escort from a bunch national guardsmen.

Aside from his story, while he was in New Orleans during Katrina.... he took some really amazing photojournalistic photos...... This one is my favorite.... There was a guy who went around saving people who were stuck in their flooded houses.... He paddled in a canoe from house to house. While passing by a rich guy's place who had evacuated - he found some keys and borrowed the rich guy's bass boat. Eventually the water dried up, and written on the side was, "This boat saved over 400 people." How fucking cool is that....

I love stories.
People are nothing but stories.
Your life is one big story...
It really is.
I bet you could tell it from the beginning to the end
Whether the beginning was when you
fell off a stool when you were two
or if the beginning started when you
just missed getting hit by a car last week.
And it ends when you blink....
Stories stories stories.....

Anyways........I liked the photographer's story so much.....I set out on locating some more. I jumped into my car and headed to some random cafe a few streets down. Started up conversations with lots of strangers at the bar.....

My favorite story of tonight was this one girl. She vacated her house in a nice neighborhood - packing her husband, two kids, two dogs, three chickens, and an iguana.... to a hotel in Arkansas. And she lived there for 5 months with the chicken eating crackers on the bed, cocking it's head to the left, while watching TV (she acted that part out, and it made me laugh...  it was very chicken-esq). Anyways, She said when she got home, she barely recognized her house. Her grass was 4 feet high. And her refrigerator - which she didn't even open, had crab legs, hamburgers, and pork inside it for 5 months in 80 degree heat. She had her husband tape it up and put it out on the street..... FEMA sent her a $2000 check total for her 5 month and now they are sending her letters....asking her to pay them the money back. They believe she misused it because she bought a new refrigerator with it....... She sums it up best, all southern like....., "So I wrote them a letter back and I said, 'Well I'd like to pay you back. But lets see you squeeze blood from a turnip.'" Ha.

SAfter hanging out at the cafe, I drove over the lake, sat in a little patch of grass right across the street from all these condos (just like the one that I am staying in)...13 out of the 19 windows that I could count were watching TV.

Don't be the chicken.....
Stay away from the blue light... it's poison.
It will suck everything that is meaningful from your life.

2 comments:

Lyndseyyy said...

Hi I love your entries...so glad you've kept up with the writing.


thought you might think this is cool:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUDIoN-_Hxs

London Andrews said...

That's beautiful!

and something that I definately wouldn't want to see if I was tripping on acid or something. : )