Gone to Texas...Where is FEMA?

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© John Linton
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UploadedJune 19, 2008
TakenFebruary 28, 2006
MakeEastman Kodak Company
ModelKodak CLAS Digital Film Scanner / HR200
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I went down with two other guys in Feb. '06 to work on some Habitat for Humanity homes in Covington, LA. One day two of us went into New Orleans to help some Navy guys from Newport News, VA gut a home. This house was across the street. It was very spooky driving through New Orleans' various sections: street after street of gutted, empty houses without the street lights working.

I guess I could also place this photo in the WTF theme since the owner spray painted WTF in big red letters by the front door.

Photo taken with a throw away camera from Wal-Mart.

Another Picnik resize and Lomo-ish effect.


Some lyrics for them:

"It's hard in St. Bernard there's tears in Algiers

If you're calling for New Orleans

There's nobody here

So fix yourself a drink

Pack your things and go

Last one out turn off the lights and board up the doors

I want to go home whatever it takes

I want to go home when the levee breaks

I want to go home where the streets have holes

I want to go home where the good times roll

The Ninth Ward's disappeared the Treme's overflowed

It's Dante's Inferno

In the Superdome

The inhumanity of this insanity

Could have been prevented

Oh so easily

My heart is heavy feet everywhere it seems

This time even fats ain't walking back to New Orleans

I want to go home whatever it takes

I want to go home when the levee breaks

I want to go home where the streets have holes

I want to go home where the good times roll

The world is gonna pay 'cause we'll be everywhere

There'll be dancing in your streets

Music in your air

But when that water starts to fall you won't see us around

Unles you're buying drinks for us in our home town

I want to go home whatever it takes

I want to go home when the levee breaks

I want to go home where the streets have holes

I want to go home where the good times roll"

In the Nature Conquers Man: Katrina photo essay.

52 responses

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (18 Jun 2008):

    This New Orleans? So sad emotionally devastating shot. Perfect!!!

  • Steven Hoenstine

    Steven Hoenstine (Deleted) said (18 Jun 2008):

    love that stark contrast and vignetting

  • Amelia (amy) Quicke

    Amelia (amy) Quicke gave props (18 Jun 2008):

    Heart wrenching facts....writing on the wall....nice shot

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (18 Jun 2008):

    well drown my ass - I'm going to use that one. this is excellent john ! Love the colors and irony.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2008):

    Such a sad situation, but I really adore this photo, the colors are fab.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2008):

    oh my god this is amazing!! so stark so intense...

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (18 Jun 2008):

    perfect for the theme -- awesome.

  • Christine Corrigan

    Christine Corrigan gave props (18 Jun 2008):

    John,Great shot,moving...keep on shooting.

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (18 Jun 2008):

    i like OH, SHIT better...more real...

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2008):

    Strong and powerful image

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    WOW John...incredibly strong image!! Extremely well done and excellent for this theme. Deserves recognition...just as they people did.

  • Simon Le

    Simon Le gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    Awesome capture John! Love the writing!!! :)

  • Zach Murphy

    Zach Murphy said (19 Jun 2008):

    Very nice i have been there as well. depicts the mood greatly

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    Wow! So powerful.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    John, this is just incredible! Fantastic job

  • j dixon

    j dixon gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    prefect for this theme. Well done!

  • Portia Söderberg

    Portia Söderberg (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    powerful image John! well done!

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    I love this photo. Beautiful and powerful

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    Great entry and capture.

  • David Rocaberti

    David Rocaberti (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    nice fit for the theme

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    powerful & beautiful image

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, and this would be a perfect example. Well done in every way.

  • Laura Hartley

    Laura Hartley gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    My husband went to college here. he is so heartbroken, he can hardly go back. Good work, John, really, really good work.

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    this is great!!!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    Great narrative john; what beautiful work you've done here! A+ all the way . . . . .

  • Tesha Farlow

    Tesha Farlow gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    very beautiful portrayal

  • Natalie Franco

    Natalie Franco (Deleted) gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    Love the tonalities through out the image ! Breaks my heart !

  • petey whitelaw

    petey whitelaw gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    thats is one full on image. very powerful. cool story too.

  • Ashley St. John

    Ashley St. John gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    WOW, so perfect for this theme.

  • Eric Abernethy

    Eric Abernethy said (22 Jun 2008):

    "Your doing a heck of a job Brownie".
    G W Bush on Fema's response to the people of NO.

  • Keith Skinner

    Keith Skinner gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    TFW was a code used to show that a place had been searched for survivors - I guess WTF is not too far off!!! I spent a lot of time in New Orleans during the aftermath of Katrina and images can not relay the message of despair many people are still feeling!

  • Jessica Martinez

    Jessica Martinez gave props (23 Jun 2008):

    What a wonderful and pwerful image!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (24 Jun 2008):

    love this one!

  • Lisa Koester

    Lisa Koester gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    not sure whatelse is left to say other than....nicely done!

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    Great capture. The happy yellow color is an interesting juxtaposition to the vehement emotional script on the house. Thank you, John and to all who the others that left the comfort of their homes to go help make it right.

  • Lisa Koester

    Lisa Koester gave props (2 Jul 2008):

    Congrats John on being selected for the writing on the wall challenge! And again Superb Image.

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (3 Jul 2008):

    Allright John! Congrats Man!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (3 Jul 2008):

    congrats !!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (3 Jul 2008):

    Congratulations on being #2 in the selections!! Worthy entry and well-deserved choice.

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (4 Jul 2008):


  • Julie Norris

    Julie Norris gave props (12 Jul 2008):

    Great emotion and a fabulous capture.

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (25 Jul 2008):

    http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/615172 - all was lost, ALL. Yes, photo albums, homes, mementoes, security, and faith in our government. Tough stuff indeed.

  • Mandie Callis

    Mandie Callis gave props (1 Nov 2008):

    very moving

  • ! Zachariah Ritter

    ! Zachariah Ritter gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    great job.

  • Christine Holtz

    Christine Holtz (Deleted) gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    nice capture, loaded subject

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    Fantastic work John!! And you documented it so well.

  • Keiko Ehret

    Keiko Ehret said (2 Sep 2009):

    How subtle! Hahaha! Great one for a severe weather or political theme. Sad outcome, but great find!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (24 Nov 2009):

    Colourful indeed...way cool.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (30 Aug 2010):

    Awesome shot John, Sad time....

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (1 Sep 2010):

    i love this!

  • Sean-Michael Gettys

    Sean-Michael Gettys gave props (21 Apr 2011):

    wow you got this from a throw away camera? Awesome!

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