Irish Channel, New Orleans was a series created while I was in grad school at Tulane, living in the Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans. My wife and I moved there a week before the the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I say that because we were very aware that we were transplants. As an artist that uses photography, I didn't want to create work that made it seem like I was co-opting someone else's story. But, I was interested in documenting my space. It was this push and pull between those two elements that inspired this project.

The Process was driven by my interest in working collaboratively with the people that lived in the Irish Channel. I started by walking around the neighborhood, interviewing people, and asking them what were important personal spaces in the neighborhood. The spaces that I photographed were the spaces of the people that lived in that neighborhood. The final images are built on top of a single photograph of each space and contain hundreds of photographs, layered on top of one another.

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