In my attempts at salvaging photographs, there have been many that are far too gone to recognize. I could throw them away. After all, many have lost their ink entirely. They’re just paper that has been underwater.
But I cannot throw them out. At some point in time, someone thought enough of a moment to stop and say “This is important. This is worth remembering.” And they snapped a frame of film. I want to honor those moments, even the ones too damaged to decipher.
This piece is titled “Rise” – to symbolize what the water did, and then what the people of Louisiana do, time and time again. We rise. We overcome. We carry on.