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Teen Photographers Take Aim at 'My New Orleans'

Six New Orleans teenagers are digitally documenting the strange, new face of their hometown. Michel Varisco, their photography teacher at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts/Riverfront, an arts conservatory, began the project in the spring and sent the students out in August to update their work for this NPR photo gallery.

Ruby Troyano

Ruby Troyano, 17, is a high school senior. Since Katrina, she says she sees "trash all over the streets — I don't know where all the trash people are."


Logan Dixon

Logan Dixon, 16, is a junior. He is mystified and amazed by the changes in New Orleans. Looking at a ruined coffee shop, he says, "Now I don't know what it is anymore. I really don't."


Sally Caraway

Sally Caraway, 18, is a senior. The destruction of a coffee shop where her boyfriend played guitar hit her hard: "So many people were comforted by the music inside the teal walls."


Sam Ray

Samuel Ray is 16 and a junior. Ray, who is biracial, admires the “welcoming spirit” of the local African American culture and misses the “caring personalities” who left after Katrina.


Drew McMillan

Drew McMillan, 17, is a senior. To Drew, cars are symbols of freedom — you get in and go. After Katrina, he says, "I have never seen so many cars without their wheels touching pavement."


Casey Schneider

Casey Schneider, 17, is a senior. The upstairs of her home is fine but six feet of water ruined the downstairs: "My stairs are the separation between destruction and normalcy."