domingo, julho 22, 2012

For the unintiated


I was down in New Orleans shooting in the Lower Ninth Ward two years after Hurricane Katrina and things were still a mess. A guy comes by in a pick up truck, rolls down his window, and says: “Can you believe we’re in America?” It struck me that that devastated Ninth Ward landscape looked typical to me (and hence familiar) of many inner city environments, especially Detroit, I’d already been in. It wasn’t foreign. To the uninitiated who normally don’t go into (or inhabit) these places…  It was a shock. As it was for me the first time I drove through Gary, Indiana, or Detroit in 1999. Yes, it was hard for me “to believe we were in America”
Jeff Brouws 
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