Monday, September 05, 2005

Hey guys,
I am a freelance photojournalist that was working for the Associated Press and most of the magazines in the New Orleans area before Katrina hit.
I really felt a responsibility to stay and document this terrible disaster as it ravaged the city that I have really fallen in love with. But due to lack of a secure place to stay, guarantee of an internet connection to transmit from and basic backing from a paper or agency, I made the decision to get out of town last minute. I wanted to be part of the solution, not part of the problem and at 5 pm on Sunday, I couldn't guarantee that I could contribute as a photojournalist. It was a very difficult decision, but it seemed like the right one. Now, in retrospect, I am sure that my leaving the city was for the greater good.
Now, I feel that it is time to make my contribution to the city of New Orleans as a photojournalist. This is my goal:
For anyone that has read Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, this may sound a little familiar. I am putting together a documentary that consists of series of portraits of New Orleans area residents and the things they grabbed before they fled the city. I left the city carrying only my camera equipment, my dog and a photograph of my father taking someone else's photo on New Years Eve, 1971. Whatever you thought to bring on your journey and whatever you are still carrying with you, I would like to know about. I am planning on taking a few weeks to travel around the country to where all of the Katrina refugees are, hear the stories and take portraits with the things you had to save.
I am looking for anyone and everyone, no matter where you are. I will come to you. If you want to tell me your story, so that I may include it in this project, please E-mail me at MBNadolski@aol.com. Or you may call me at 919-929-9234. Our stories of New Orleans and that last things that we grabbed before we left our homes, are all that we have to remember our city by as we wait for its recovery. Please allow me to document your only links to your New Orleans homes...I am hoping that it will link everyone together that experienced Katrina. Thanks.
-Megan Nadolski