Eileen Romero

Eileen Romero

Artist Statement

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, photography was one of my many recreational interests. However due to the epic proportions of devastation following Katrina, I was unable to find words commensurate to express the chaos and destruction around me or the depths of despair within me. It was during this grave time, photography became my life preserver. Photography became my voice and a catharsis for my personal inner journey towards recovery. Today, photography is still how I express my view of the world. It is how I speak. Photography remains my passion. Six years have passed and I continue to photograph Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans. For many low income Americans in an area of New Orleans named “Desire”, life continues to be a daily struggle in their post apocalyptic neighborhood. For these residents the devastation and chaos from Katrina are still ever present. Today it is for them I speak… For those who no longer have the strength to speak for themselves. Peace, Eileen

Artist Bio

After Hurricane Katrina the Art of Photography provided me a medium with which I could express my view of the world around me. Documenting the aftermath and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina has been a catharsis for my personal journey down that long road leading to recovery. Six years have now passed since Hurricane Katrina and for most New Orleans residents images of the havoc wreaked by the storm are no longer a constant reminder of those horrific times. However for many low income Americans in an area of New Orleans named “Desire”, life is still a daily struggle in their post apocalyptic neighborhood. For these residents the destruction and chaos of Katrina are still ever present. Blighted property including public housing units and public schools sit untouched and curbs are still lined with debris, while neighbors continue their struggle to recapture a spirit that once was… For all who view these images…This is the reality of post Katrina recovery, not only in this neighborhood, but many others just like it, in and around New Orleans. It is for these voices… I speak. Peace, Eileen

Images

  • Remnants of Katrina... May 2011
    2011
    Photography
    17" x 14"
  • Remnants of Katrina... May 2011
    2011
    Photography
    16" x 20"
  • Remnants of Katrina... May 2011
    2011
    Photography
    17" x 14"
  • Remnants of Katrina... May 2011
    2011
    Photography
    19" x 13"
  • Remnants of Katrina... June 2011
    2011
    Photography
    13" x 19"