Photographs > Elysium

This work is a decade-long examination of the urban forest of New Orleans, spanning ten years. Forever altered by a 70% canopy loss after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the trees of New Orleans have since suffered unbelievable indignities at the hands of man.

In discussing his work 7000 Oak Trees (7000 Eichen), Joseph Beuys said, "The intention of such a tree-planting event is to point up the transformation of all life, of society, and of the whole ecological system." The treatment of the urban forest of New Orleans in the last decade of recovery from Hurricane Katrina, points to the strange relationship we have with nature as urban dwellers.

We seem to hold a cultural belief that if it is an Eden we planted, we have eminent domain over the territory it occupies. While sometimes their deformities can be perceived as comical, the impact of this loss will be faced by New Orleans residents for decades to come. Absent street signs, and often the houses themselves, these trees were frequently the only signifiers to tell me that I’d returned to a site to photograph. Imagine if the tree was not a marker for a photograph, but a marker for your home.

Untitled 07-07 (Algiers Point)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled 12-06 (Cartier Ave.)
Archival Pigment Print
2006
Untitled, 06-16 (Cartier Ave.)
Archival Pigment Print
2016
Untitled 12-06 (Cartier Ave.)
Archival Pigment Print
2006
Untitled 07-07 (St. Anthony Ave.)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled, 05-07 (St. Bernard Ave.)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled, 03-08 (Lakeview)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled, 03-08 (Harrison Ave.)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled, 05-07 (Bellaire Dr.)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled, 06-16 (Bellaire Dr.)
Archival Pigment Print
2016
Untitiled, 12-07 (Lakeview)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled, 01-08 (Claiborne Ave.)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled, 01-08 (Lakeview)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled, 12-07 (Bellaire Dr.)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitiled, 05-07 (Gentilly)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled 03-08 (Gentilly Blvd.)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled, 06-16 (Gentilly Blvd.)
Archival Pigment Print
2016
Untitled, 03-08 (Tennessee St.)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled, 03-08 (Argonne Blvd.)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled 07-07 (McDonoghville Cemetery)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled 07-07 (Riverbend)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled, 06-16 (Riverbend)
Archival Pigment Print
2016
Untitled 12-07 (St. Bernard Ave.)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled, 12-07 (warington Dr.)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled 03-08 (CBD)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled 08-07 (Palmyra St.)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled 12-08 (Airline Dr.)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled, 03-08 (Carrollton Dr.)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled, 12-08 (Camp St.)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled, 01-08 (Tennessee St.)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled 12-08 (near N. Claiborne Ave.)
Archival Pigment Print
2009
Untitled 07-08 (Julia St.)
Archival Pigment Print
2008
Untitled 08-07 (Warrington Dr.)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Untitled, 12-07 (Tennessee St.)
Archival Pigment Print
2007
Oxford American
April 27, 2016