3 households out of many thousands, trying to rise up from the destruction in the still devastated Lower 9th Ward. The ongoing sufferation and hardship there is mind blowing. The children play, live and are constantly exposed, to visual stimuli of trauma and destruction - lately with some small signs of hope appearing on the general landscape. Yet, I feel that the overall destructive visual stimuli far outweighs the hopeful signs. How will these children and teens be affected emotionally and spiritually from what they have gone through in their futures? How will their hearts remember on the whole about how they were treated?
This is a reoccurring thought as I drive through the various areas of the city - especially the income poor areas to photograph their "hidden in plain sight" sufferation. "Many of those who could really make a difference don't care". In my work photographing and living in the city, I am not only exposed to incredible wealth and comfortable living whilst at the same time within 20 minutes I am witnessing people living in shocking poverty."
It is my opinion that the people I see living in the income poorer neighborhoods, have been by all appearances, abandoned to their 'fates'. And it makes me feel angry and powerless to think that those with so much in material riches in this country, much more than they will ever need, are some of the first to espouse thinking such as "there is a great fear in this country that we are going into the swamp of socialism. The individual is the key not the state." --Presidential Republican Candidate Duncan Hunter
I've noticed that capitalism as a public policy, tends to favor supporting those "who have, to have more". Remember how President Bush at a fund-raiser once famously said to his political base: "what an impressive crowd, the have's and the have more's." (Google the quote for further information). I don't believe that socialism or capitalism, (defining how we act, in black and white thinking, that keeps us from doing anything more about a situation than capitalizing off of it), is the solution. I don't know what "the solution"is. My work is to show others suffering and injustice, where I find it and hope that something within them, will become mobilized in this witnessing of injustices, to find the answers as our forefathers did in creating a democratic, not "capitalistic" society.
To see how this area looked in April of this year: