Today we drove up to Baton Rouge to meet with Thomas Neff. I'm not sure what the scenery looks like or exactly how long it takes to get there from New Orleans because I slept all the way there and all the way back.
However, meeting Thomas Neff was a great experience. He shared a slideshow with us showcasing his Katrina work, and also some great portraits from his personal work. Mr. Neff has really produced some amazing images. He's a film guy who uses a 5x7 camera. He is also a highly skilled printer as well. He shared with us a box of his silver prints which were a real treat.
After Baton Rouge, we went over to Lakeview again and visited an abandoned school building. It was a strange feeling to see the playground empty and the basketball courts crumbling away. There was a mural on the school's walls that appeared to be painted images of the students. You could see into a few of the classrooms from outside the school that still had posters and other visual hanging on the walls. It was an odd feeling to see the remains of the school and all the prior signs of life that it possessed.
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