Reclaimed by Nature

nature_page In September, 2007, two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and inundated New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, USA TODAY photographer H. Darr Beiser returned to check up on the recovery efforts. He also had recently read Alan Weisman's book The World Without Us and had noted the similarities between what was described in the book and what was happening now in New Orleans. We contacted Weisman and he agreed to be interviewed for the project. We made copies of Darr's photos and sent them to him so that he could use his expertise to narrate the audio-slideshow we were planning. I edited the the phone interview and intertwined Darr's ambient audio from the scene and then created this project, which was done on a Flash program developed by designed Juan Thomassie. It is still one of my favorites, as the photo and audio transitions synch seamlessly. Designer Ron Coddington created the poignant "page topper" that houses the presentation.

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    I’ve just returned from a trip to New Orleans to document the five-year anniversary of Katrina. Should be posted around early August, please stay tuned.

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