19 September 2005Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, USA.Graffitti text "Fuck You Katrina" written on the wall of a obliterated mobile home.
17 September 2005Empire - Roko Tvrdeic paddles through contaminated water to reach his oyster boat 19 days after Hurricane Katrina hit Plaquemines Parish, southeast of New Orleans. Mr. Tvrdeic emigrated from Croatia 33 years ago and has been farming oysters since.
17 September 2005Empire, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, USA.Black Hawk helicopter lands on the bridge for surveillance. Shrimp, Oyster and Menhaden boats thrown around in the harbour of Empire after a 33-foot storm surge accompanying Hurricane Katrina. The entire fishing fleet is wiped out.
17 September 2005Lydia Kirby of lower Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, like many of her 12,000 neighbors, has lived in one place all her life. When returning to her home for the first time after Katrina she finds her house destroyed and submerged under contaminated water. The only belonging she finds is an old tambourine hat. Now she and her family have lost everthing and face an uncertain future.
18 September 2005Location: Boutte, community near Orleans, Lousiana, US.A National Guard soldier patrols outside a Wal-Mart store as residents wait to purchase emergency supplies. Police and soldiers with assault rifles have been guarding the store around the clock.
17 September 2005Empire, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, USA. Statue of Jesus covered with mud in the devastated Saint Ann Catholic church of Empire after the 33-foot storm surge accompanying Hurricane Katrina. The church has been lifted of it´s foundations and moved.
21 September 2005Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, USA.Dog with oil in the face. Day 23 after hurricane Katrina. The warnings to evakuate comes often down in the south of Louisiana. Most of the people here left everything behind in the belief that they would return shortly. Therefor many of them left all belongings and pets behind. This time it was different. Katrina was just not another warning - it changed peoples life. Many haven´t still been able to return or have the strength. The animals that survived the hurricane have been drinking the contaminated water coming from oil industries nearby.
27 Sept 2005Chalmette, St Bernards Parish, Louisiana, USA.St Bernards Parish is a low-income urban area adjacent to New Orleans. It was severely damaged by the hurricane Katrina and many of their residents have still not been allowed to return back because of the contamination from the oil industries that are integrated in the community.
Date: 28 September 2005St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, USA.George Harrison of Meraux visits his home of 40 years, 30 days after floods attending Hurricane Katrina sent 12 feet of water through the structure. Mr. Harrison's home is adjacent to Murphy Oil refinery. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, over one million gallons of crude oil escaped from Murphy during the storm.
19 September 2005Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, USA.Day 21 after hurricane Katrina. Devastation is total and villages are still flooded with contaminated water.
Date: 19 September 2005Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, USA.Oyster fisherman Ioan Mioc in the small village of Buras returns back 21 days after the hurricane Katrina. He finds his house, as so many others, destroyed and partially submerged in mud and contaminated waters. Ioan emigrated from Rumania for 22 years ago and has ever since lived in Buras. He built his house himself and is positive about rebuilding it but worries about the contamination. Regarding his work as an oyster fisherman it’s worse since he thinks it’s going to take years before he can go back to do that. He finds his wife’s ceramic dog and brings it to her. They are now temporary living with Ioan mother-in-law.
17 September 2005Empire, Louisiana - Menhaden fishing boats rest on a highway south of New Orleans 19 days after a 33-foot storm surge accompanying Hurricane Katrina carried them hundreds of yards from their berths.
27 Sept 2005Chalmette, St Bernards Parish, Louisiana, USA.Shell oil barrel was deposited in a tree by floodwater in front of the home of Simon Pham and Tristan Perry. The oil refinery are integrated in the residential areas in Chalmette and St Bernards Parish. It’s known to have elevated rates of Cancer.