Have Camera Will Travel

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Dale Davis' living room, Lakeview, New Orleans

From 10 to 24 February 2006 a group of volunteers from our church spent time in Covington, LA working for Habitat for Humanity building new homes. On 20 February Andrew and I went in with a group from Virginia to gut one of the many homes in East New Orleans. What got us thinking about helping to gut one of the homes was taking a tour of the devastated area with the pastor from one of the churches in East New Orleans that had already been gutted. She told us most of her congregation had still not come back 6 months after Katrina hit. One of her members, Dale Davis, was kind enough to take us over to her place to see the wreckage. The first thing we were told was that if we were going to help gut a home we needed to wear a good mask because the mold was a serious health hazard. The next thing they told us was that when we arrived at the home we were going to help gut we were to secure the refrigerator. Whatever was in there had been in there for six month and under no circumstances were we to open it.

You can see the high water mark on Dale’s wall. Everything in the house had to be removed and then the walls had to be gutted down to the studs.

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20 February 2006

In the Have Camera Will Travel photo essay.

12 responses

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (21 Oct 2012):

    The Katrina disaster has caused uproar and pain in the world, the picture tells crudely the events in New Orleans and remains as important document.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (21 Oct 2012):

    Wow! Ones life work gone in a flash. Thank you for helping and making a difference.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (22 Oct 2012):

    What a huge devastation to this house and also what a major task it would be to gut it down to the studs...Excellent document and image!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (22 Oct 2012):

    My daughter and I are both Critical Care nurses. We decided we wanted to go down and lend a medical hand after Katrina. We were to be placed in Baton Rouge, but housing became an issue and we ended up not going. We have regretted that turn of events ever since. I have tremedous respect for what you've done John. This is what life is all about.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (22 Oct 2012):

    Powerful & very poignant image John.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (22 Oct 2012):

    I can't even begin to imagine this devastation, what these people went through....

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (22 Oct 2012):

    An unforgettable documentation of the devastation experienced by so many.. what a great capture and narrative.

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel   gave props (23 Oct 2012):

    wow...pretty powerful shot.

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solís

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solís   gave props (26 Oct 2012):

    Very interesting shot, John!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    Very powerful image. Thanks for sharing it and your moving story.

  • FaLLeN GuSiLuCiUs

    FaLLeN GuSiLuCiUs said (29 Oct 2012):

    Oh! A perfect shot about destruction.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (3 Nov 2012):

    Outstanding captures of peoples lives in tatters, and the amazing support,and great big hearts of generous people.

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