In literature, New Orleans is often referred to as the Crescent City (for the curve of the Mississippi it was built along) or the Big Easy (for its laid-back vibe). 'The Tub' derives from 'the bowl,' a pessimistic term locals use to describe the location and their situation. By now, most of the bowl lies at or below sea level—some spots as much as fifteen feet below. When you're in the area, it's hard to imagine the place sinking underneath you, and yet it is.

'The Tub' is a mini-series I explored during the summer of 2019. The photographs explore the complicated relationship between the Louisianan community and their relationship to the local ecosystem. As a child born and raised on the bayou, I witnessed firsthand the catastrophes of Hurricane's Katrina and Rita, the BP oil spill, and the continued erosion of Plaquemines Parish. Because of this, much of my youth was spent trying to process these horrific events in the hopes of making sense of how these disasters came to be. Using my bathtub as the environment to recreate these childhood memories, this body of work delves into understanding the tragic past of the Louisianan community.

Down the Drain
Archival Inkjet Print
The Tub