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.
During my effort to salvage flood-damaged photographs, I was really saddened when I came across images that were too far gone already. It was important to me to find a way to give the images some kind of life beyond their print, and this project was born.
I’m accepting damaged photos from our community and finding a way to let them live on, either by installing them in a larger piece or expanding within a themed shadowbox.
People that wish to contribute to this community art project may reach out to me at email@example.com or use the contact form to get more information.
Proceeds from any sales arising from this project will be donated to flood relief.