Children of the Storm: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

Children of the Storm: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

The unbelievable devastation of New Orleans is almost beyond human comprehension.  The virtually complete destruction of the entire city by Hurricane Katrina, the loss of huge numbers of lives, the ruination of the property and lives of so many, especially the poor and disadvantaged, is a tragedy of historically monumental proportions.

This year, photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally revisited two families five years after Hurricane Katrina and created this photo-essay about the effect of Katrina on children who are living along the Gulf Coast.

Children of the Storm: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

In Katrina’s Wake: Portraits of Tragic Loss

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Denmark: A Stirring Struggle Against Plumes of Invading Toxins

Denmark: A Stirring Struggle Against Plumes of Invading Toxins

Denmark is an incredible new music video directed by Daniel Fickle for The Portland Cello Project.  The animated video hits a timely note, depicting the brave tale of a tiny shrimp that springs into action when plumes of toxins invade its water world.  A plan is formulated, a missing part is fetched, and all goes according to plan, until….

At a deeper level, the video represents an expression of the struggle people go through to reconcile loss.  It’s also a stirring tribute to a friend of the band, who fought a courageous battle with cancer in his/her own, disguised and dignified manner.  Director Daniel Fickle manages to get into the mood of sorrow behind this piece of music from Portland Cello Project, and he makes everything in the video look almost as gloomy.  Watch the video with the music at full volume, and then listen to the music with your eyes closed.  It’s truly magical.

Denmark: A Stirring Struggle Against Plumes of Invading Toxins

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