They just want to wash us away.
─ a sentiment expressed to me numerous times by displaced residents of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina.
As a photographer, I prefer to let pictures speak for themselves. But, as a social worker, I know that there are some images that stories can illuminate. What I witnessed in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in November of 2005 is only a small chapter of a much larger story that is still unfolding. These photographs are reflections of my exposure to the aftermath of one of the worst disasters ever to occur in the United States of America.