This became a slow developing process. At times we tried pushing to shoot certain individuals and scenes usually with mediocre results. The real work came out when we let the subjects approach us. Its just not that easy to force your way into the lives of people like Linda Williams, Keith Bernard, and Freddie Hicks. These are proud and strong people. People are more willing to open to friends then strangers.
In a boarded up house we shared homemade wine with brother and sister, Tiger and Cat, as the only light came from candles standing on top of an empty generator. There were birthday celebrations and new jobs to congratulate. The owner of Mimi’s in the Marigny opened up her home to us unconditionally. There were bonfires at the end of long days of stripping mold from homes. Crawfish boils at Robert Green’s and the chance to share some chocolate cake in the parking lot of a grocery store the day Dean was released from jail. We got to share these moments with residents of Ninth Ward, Bywater, and The Marigny. Allowing us the opportunity to get to know the neighborhoods and for them to get to know us. Through this time the work began to reveal and identify itself. This is largely about home and community.