Katrina: 5 years later

Our project team set out in April to demonstrate in multimedia where New Orleans and the Gulf Coast stood five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area and killed nearly 2,000 people. After a successful week traveling the Gulf Coast to re-photograph areas destroyed in Katrina's wake and gather other panoramas and video,  disaster struck in the form of an oil spill, this coinciding with our return to Washington. Needless to mention, the story of Katrina's anniversary was changing dramatically by the day, forcing a return trip in mid June to update the effects of the BP spill. Divided into five chapters, the presentation offers a linear navigation of progress arrows as well as a non-linear approach through the contextual chapter tabs at top. Looking forward to seeing which type you prefer.
Lower Ninth Wrd

Looking down Tennessee Street from Florida Avenue in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

One Response to “Katrina: 5 years later”

  1. Justin Miller says:

    Hey Denny,

    I finally set some time aside and explored your New Orleans project from start to finish. Fantastic, comprehensive work Denny, I’m sorry I waited so long to check it out. I’m not sure what your average response to the piece is, but I left inspired by the hope and grit demonstrated by those who were hit the hardest. There are some lines here that can be drawn between Detroit and New Orleans. The rebound taking place in both areas is stunningly similar. I was particularly struck by how many times I heard that New Orleans was a “great place to be”. I hear the same thing from people here daily and it challenges the notion of what defines a “great place”. This piece reminds me that an area is only as strong and cohesive as the people who live within it, that what some may see as blight others see as opportunity. Nice work Denny. I look forward to a revisit.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Justin

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