CLAYTON CUBITT’S EDEN
My brother, John, came in from his temporary home in Nashville to check out his home in the Mid-City section of New Orleans for the first time since Katrina. He was unbelievably lucky. The flood waters stopped rising a mere inch from the floor boards of his raised house, thus saving the musical instruments by which he earns his living.
With the passage of time, the scale of the destruction of lives and property that Katrina caused seems to diminish. But whenever I start to forget that people are still suffering, I’ll see something that jolts me back into the reality of the hurricane’s aftermath. Yesterday I got that jolt from Operation Eden.
Clayton Cubitt is a frighteningly talented photographer who lives and works in New York. For the last week or so, though, he has been posting to a blog called Operation Eden, in which he chronicles his journey to Pearlington, Mississippi to help his mother and brother. There are pictures of gut-wrenching devastation, but what really got to me were the portraits -- in both pictures and words -- of the people of Pearlington and New Orleans.
Pearlington was a quiet little town that hardly exists anymore. After the storm, it was forgotten by FEMA, by the media, and by people like me who were too focused on the petty inconveniences Katrina caused. Clayton Cubiit made sure I will never again forget Pearlington.