"Closing In" was taken in Charity Hospital months before it was emptied and cleaned. This photo is part of "The Things We Leave Behind" series and depicts a window in the hospital's psych ward located on the third floor. In the years following Hurricane Katrina and the building's abandonment, police officers used this particular floor for training drills and the spots that are shown on the window are the results of paint balls missing their targets. Urban decay was present throughout the hospital, which showed such disrespect to a renowned New Orleans landmark.
My life as a photographer is still relatively new as I toyed with becoming a lawyer or working in politics for most of my life. I was attending graduate school in Boston when I first discovered my passion for photography. At first, it served as a way to leave my apartment and explore an unfamiliar place. It quickly took on a life of its own. I finished graduate school and moved to New Orleans in 2015.
The south, unlike photography, was not new to me. I spent the first twenty-two years of my life in Lafayette, Louisiana. Something about the culture of this state brought me right back after only spending two years away. Not having to shovel snow played a small part as well. I quickly realized that photography provided me with something much more fulfilling than working in law or politics. Taking photographs allows me to make sense of and find structure in an unorganized and chaotic world.MID CITY
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