It's not a happy story. But it is one that all of us living down here are a part of. On old maps this place is called Dry Cypress Bayou. It shows a small bayou connected to Bay Pomme D'Or between Buras and Scofield Bay. Today the only thing between Buras and the barrier islands past Scofield Bay are oil well heads, open water and tens of thousands of PVC or bamboo markers to demarcate oyster leases that filled in then open water where land used to be. This photograph was taken while exploring the coastline on a small wooden sailing and rowing vessel which has become my preferred way of seeing these environments in an effort to get away from fossil fuels being integral to my creative process.
I was born and raised in the Western half of the beautiful state of Kentucky. I migrated to Louisiana about ten years ago at the urging of my dear friend who was raised in a magical little Cajun village. As a story teller, Louisiana was beyond inspiring. I remember spending my first Easter in the swamp by Vermillion River for a crawfish boil, we paddled out into the cypress trees in dark green pirogues before getting lost in a rain storm. I made one of my favorite photos to date while we were lost out there. The people and landscapes here continue to inspire my work. Today my work is a mix of film and digital photography from personal projects and magazine assignments and it is almost all centered around the my own need or my client's need to tell a story. I've taken up sailing and rowing traditional boats to explore in an effort to be more aligned with traditional craft and get further away from plastics and big oil.NEW ORLEANS
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