Friday, October 21, 2005

"There will never be a picture that will be able to tell this story"

The devastation in Bay St. Louis is hard to articulate. I look back at the photos posted here, the others I have developed, and the hundreds of others online from our little relief group, and they are meaningless: out of context, too small, too limited in scope, too tidy. Take the picture of the house foundation from the previous posts. Now make 100 copies of it and set them side-by-side. Then you may get close to getting the picture.

That was a month ago. It's still like this now:

We drove thru debri laden roads and looked at what was left. It wasn't much of anything. Whole towns. Just gone. Blocks of NOTHING but boards and bizarre piles of mismatched items. Two months later.

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Empty lots with perfect white picket fences still surrounding them. Flowers still in the flower beds. But, NO HOUSE. Bizarre. Just completely bizarre.

I realized that there will never be a picture that will be able to show this.
There will never be a picture that will be able to tell this story.

*I* will never be able to tell this story.


Read the rest of the post. Ali Greggs wrote a good piece here.

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