Capturing A New Beginning, Difficult Memories

Photographer Shawn Escoffery joins us today for our continuing coverage of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

A city planner by trade, Escoffery says he felt helpless after the devastating storm. So he picked up his camera, the only way he knew to help the region rebuild.

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    For some, the water washed away more than just dreams. Entire houses were lifted off of their foundations and lost forever.
    All photos and captions by Shawn Escoffery
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    A water-soaked home takes the shape of the waves themselves.
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    While many houses after Hurricane Katrina suffered flood and wind damage that hollowed out homes like empty skulls, this house looks like it was stepped on by a nightmarish giant walking through the city causing destruction.
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    A member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band keeps a note in sea of people caught in a second line dance trance.
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    Under the Claiborne Ave overpass, a Mardi Gras Indian is draped in feathers as blue as the sky above. When the Indians parade through New Orleans, they become larger than life itself.
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    The Mardi Gras Indian is suited in brilliant oranges as radiant as the traditional Indian hymns they sing.
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    Judge Williams gazes intensely as he navigates his boat through a canal that threads the Fuchich Bayou Wetlands off the southeastern coast of Louisiana.

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We also heard from Mary and Morris Martin, former New Orleans residents who moved to Jackson, Mississippi, after the storm.

Guest host Allison Keyes has been following the Martins since they first arrived in Mississippi.  Earlier this month, she and producer Amy Walters traveled to New Orleans to visit their old neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward.

The Martins' home

After the storm, Mr. Martin's daughter lived in their abandoned home.  She marked the doorway with the family name. Allison Ketes hide caption

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The Martins looked at the photos yesterday, before the interview.  This was the first time they had seen their home since they fled nearly five years ago.

The Martins' home

Morris Martin inherited his home in the Lower Ninth Ward from his parents.  Days before the storm, the Martins say they had just finished a $200 thousand renovation.  Amy Walters hide caption

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