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Messages Left After Hurricane Katrina

by Taylor Lasseigne and Angela Driscoll / October – November 2005

At 7:00 AM on Monday, August 29, 2005, hurricane Katrina made landfall as a category 4 storm. Mississippi was hit directly by the strongest winds and a massive tidal surge. Louisiana received widespread wind damage also, but the problem here in New Orleans was rising flood water. Having fled my home uptown, I watched from afar (Tampa, FL) as the winds shifted. Water filled Lake Pontchatrain, saturated the canals bisecting New Orleans and Metairie, and then finally broke through the levee system and into our city. The bowl that is New Orleans filled up and sat stagnant for a month. This project was shot over a period of two months. The photos, taken by both my wife (Angela Driscoll) and I, depict a desperate attempt at communication.

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About Taylor Lasseigne

Taylor Lasseigne has written 87 post(s) for Slices of America.

Taylor Lasseigne – Slices of America Webmaster / I was born and raised in the south Louisiana coastal parish of Lafourche. There, I was exposed to the good Cajun people, a bounty of amazing foods, an easygoing way of life, and a lush “sportsman’s paradise” where I first learned to appreciate nature. From a young age, I always showed interest in music. In my college years, after percolating through several state schools, I took a position as a high school music teacher in New Orleans. While music education is my calling, photography has always been a fun escape for me. I enjoy peering through a lens to document our world, and I hope that I can continue to share this pastime with others through Slices of America. / e-mail: taylor at slicesofamerica.com