I’m from Houston originally and have been reliving the devastation of HurricaneKatrina (which happened 12 years ago and coincided with the breakup of a relationship, so it’s etched in my mind) This week we’ve all seen the images in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Artist Blake Boyd started his Polaroid documentary, Louisiana Cereal, ten years ago and is now raising funds to complete the collection. Over 500 individuals were documented and a Kickstarter campaign has been set up to fund the scanning of the Polaroid prints to archive this ‘time capsule’.
Next year is New Orleans’ 300th anniversary and 2018nola.com says that
“as one of the world’s most unique and diverse cities, New Orleans will celebrate with our citizens and open our doors to the world to share our rich history and culture. During the Tricentennial we will celebrate our past accomplishments, the resilience of our people and set the course for our future.”
R|A|P publishers has just picked up on the project and is creating a limited edition book which that conceived as a celebration of the resilience of the Louisiana people. Writer David Simon‘s introduction says,
“Blake Boyd’s committed and thoughtful work on the spirit of post-Katrina Louisiana is also wholly attentive to the actual dynamic of recovery and renewal in the state in the years since August 2005.
‘Louisiana Cereal’ has become more than series of photographs. It is a chronicle of the life force of an American community that suffered a near- death experience – the greatest engineering failure in national history – and is reconstituting itself over a period of years. Moreover, this a is a document that speaks to the human component, when so much of the post-Katrina imagery focuses on the collapse of infrastructure or the inert desperation of victims in the immediate wake of the tragedies. These photos are about the people who lived these great and disturbing events and their aftermath.”
It’s important to preserve this document. You can check out the Kickstarter here. They have until Thursday, September 7 to reach the goal of $25,000. So far, They are at $15,000.
Houston’s recovery hasn’t begun but it will come back as has New Orleans, even stronger.