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). While these nicknames are used frequently to attract tourists, many locals refer to it as 'The Bowl.' Locals use this as a pessimistic term to describe the location they live in, and as a dark sense of humor to summarize 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. Derived from 'the bowl,' these photographs explore the complicated relationship between the Louisianan community and their relationship to a landscape that sits below sea level. As a child born and raised on the bayou, I witnessed many catastrophes that plagued the Gulf Coast: 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 childhood memories, this body of work delves into reflecting the tragic past that befell my community.

Down the Drain
Archival Inkjet Print
The Tub