‘Trump Town USA’ for Le Monde

Calcasieu Parish, LA - 1/10/2017 - Wetlands on the edge of Cameron Parish.More than anywhere else in the United States, Cameron Parish is Trump Country.Already known for commercial fishing, agriculture, cattle, trapping, alligator and oil and gas, Louisiana’s largest parish has a new distinction: It’s the reddest voting block in the country, with 88.2% of voters casting their ballots for Donald J. Trump in the Presidential election.That percentage makes Louisiana’s largest parish — although its second least-populated with 6,700 people scattered across 1,932 square miles — first among all counties and parishes with more than 500 people,  nationwide.

Cameron, LA - 1/10/2017 - Tressie Smith (44) sits in the dining area of Anchors Up Grill, a family-owned restaurant that she opened in downtown Cameron. Ms. Smith voted for Donald Trump in the most recent Presidential election – the only one she’s every participated in.When asked how she decided to vote for Trump, she said, “the economy down here is so bad, and everyone I know was telling me this is what we gotta do”.

Hackberry, LA - 1/10/2017 - A “Make America Great Again” flag flies on a pole beneath the United States flag in the front yard in downtown Hackberry. More than anywhere else in the United States, Cameron Parish is Trump Country.Already known for commercial fishing, agriculture, cattle, trapping, alligator and oil and gas, Louisiana’s largest parish has a new distinction: It’s the reddest voting block in the country, with 88.2% of voters casting their ballots for Donald J. Trump in the Presidential election.That percentage makes Louisiana’s largest parish — although its second least-populated with 6,700 people scattered across 1,932 square miles — first among all counties and parishes with more than 500 people,  nationwide.

Cameron, LA - 1/10/2017 - A mobile home unit in Cameron. After sustaining extreme damage from Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008, the 2010 Census showed Cameron having a population of just 406, a 79% drop in population between the years 2000 and 2010. Many local residents option to move into recreational camping vehicles or mobile housing rather than pay to rebuild their homes.

Hackberry, LA - 1/10/2017 - FOX News broadcasts a U.S. Senate judiciary hearing on Donald Trump’s Presidential cabinet appointees in the kitchen of Fred Scott (73) a resident who proudly displays Donald Trump flags in his front yard.

Hackberry, LA - 1/10/2017 - Fred Scott (73) sits in the living room of his house in downtown Hackberry. Mr. Scott is a proud Trump supporter and displays a “Make America Great Again” flag in his front yard.

Hackberry, LA - 1/10/2017 - Commercial shrimping boats docked in waters on the edge of Cameron Parish.

Cameron, LA - 1/10/2017 - George Vincent (58) sits in his pickup truck on the main street through Cameron. Mr. Vincent moved to Cameron Parish in 1985 and worked for almost a decade at a fish processing plant that has since closed.

Hackberry, LA - 1/10/2017 - A small oil well on the edge of Cameron Parish.

Cameron, LA - 1/10/2017 - Ernest Comeaux, a resident of nearby Crowley, Louisiana, fishes off a dock on the Southern edge of Cameron Parish.

Cameron, LA - 1/10/2017 - Scott “Critter” Wenzel (55) stands in an empty lot holding an oil painting that he made in his spare time. Mr. Wenzel has lived in Cameron Parish since 1976 and made a living as a commercial fisherman working on other peoples’ boats as a deckhand. But with the fishing economy suffering, he has been out of work for weeks and is currently homeless. He hopes to sell some of his paintings to passersby in order to make some money.

Hackberry, LA - 1/10/2017 - A roadside display on the main street through the small town of Hackberry.More than anywhere else in the United States, Cameron Parish is Trump Country.Already known for commercial fishing, agriculture, cattle, trapping, alligator and oil and gas, Louisiana’s largest parish has a new distinction: It’s the reddest voting block in the country, with 88.2% of voters casting their ballots for Donald J. Trump in the Presidential election.That percentage makes Louisiana’s largest parish — although its second least-populated with 6,700 people scattered across 1,932 square miles — first among all counties and parishes with more than 500 people,  nationwide.

Hackberry, LA - 1/10/2017 - Fred Scott (73) stands in his yard in downtown Hackberry. Mr. Scott is a Trump supporter and proudly displays a “Make America Great Again” flag in the front yard.

Cameron, LA - 1/10/2017 - Mobile home units in Cameron. After sustaining extreme damage from Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008, the 2010 Census showed Cameron having a population of just 406, a 79% drop in population between the years 2000 and 2010. Many local residents option to move into recreational camping vehicles or mobile housing rather than pay to rebuild their homes.

Cameron, LA - 1/10/2017 - Stacy Clement (50) waters plants in her front yard. After sustaining extreme damage from Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008, the 2010 Census showed Cameron having a population of just 406, a 79% drop in population between the years 2000 and 2010. Many local residents option to move into recreational camping vehicles or mobile housing rather than pay to rebuild their homes.

Cameron, LA - 1/10/2017 - Storm-damaged tree trunks still stand behind a lot for Recreation camping vehicles in downtown Cameron. After sustaining extreme damage from Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008, the 2010 Census showed Cameron having a population of just 406, a 79% drop in population between the years 2000 and 2010. Many local residents option to move into recreational camping vehicles or mobile housing rather than pay to rebuild their homes.

Cameron, LA - 1/10/2017 - Leslie Fincher (26) stands in front of Nella & Tees, the roadside diner her mother in law Janella Mock owns on the edge of Cameron. Ms. Fincher didn’t vote in the Presidential election, but when asked she quickly answered that if she had, it would have been for Donald Trump. ”He can’t do no worse than any of the other of them.”

Holly Beach, LA - 1/10/2017 - Camping vehicles in the vacation community of Holly Beach, located on the coast in Cameron Parish.

Calcasieu Parish, LA - 1/10/2017 - A boat makes its way down Chopique Bayou on the edge of Cameron Parish.More than anywhere else in the United States, Cameron Parish is Trump Country.Already known for commercial fishing, agriculture, cattle, trapping, alligator and oil and gas, Louisiana’s largest parish has a new distinction: It’s the reddest voting block in the country, with 88.2% of voters casting their ballots for Donald J. Trump in the Presidential election.That percentage makes Louisiana’s largest parish — although its second least-populated with 6,700 people scattered across 1,932 square miles — first among all counties and parishes with more than 500 people,  nationwide.

I spent a day roaming Cameron Parish, Louisiana for a story in advance of the Presidential inauguration. 88.2% of the 7000 residents of Cameron cast their votes for Donald Trump. Le Monde included a nice slideshow at the bottom of the online layout. 

Le Monde: “Trump mettra un coup de pied dans le système”


‘Barack Obama’s Broken Legacy’ for Maclean’s

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - A sign in the parking lot of Triple S Food Mart, where Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge poilce officers earlier in the year.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - A mural on a building next to Triple S Food Mart, where Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge poilce officers earlier in the year.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - The sign for Triple S Food Mart on Foster Drive, where Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge poilce officers earlier in the year.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - A mural on a building next to Triple S Food Mart, where Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge poilce officers earlier in the year.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed speaks to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at CSAL Charter Middle School as part of his Stop the Killing initiative. Reed invited several mothers who have lost children to gun violence to participate in the talk, including Sandra Sterling, the aunt of Alton Sterling, who was killed by Baton Rouge police officers earlier in the year.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed speaks to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at CSAL Charter Middle School as part of his Stop the Killing initiative. Reed invited several mothers who have lost children to gun violence to participate in the talk, including Sandra Sterling, the aunt of Alton Sterling, who was killed by Baton Rouge police officers earlier in the year.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed poses for a photo with a group of “student abassadors” at CSAL Charter Middle School as part of his Stop the Killing initiative. Reed invited several mothers who have lost children to gun violence to participate in the talk, including Sandra Sterling, the aunt of Alton Sterling, who was killed by Baton Rouge police officers earlier in the year.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed stands in the parking lot of Triple S Food Mart, where Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge police officers earlier in the year. A former gang leader, Reed now works as a community activist.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed speaks to Abdullah Muflahi, owner of the Triple S Food Mart, in front of the location where Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge police officers earlier in the year. Muflahi filmed the shooting death of Sterling from inside the store and later released the footage, which kicked off weeks of sustained protest in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed stands in front of his childhood home in “The Bottom”, the neighborhood in Baton Rouge where he grew up. A former gang leader, Reed now works as a community activist.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed stands in front of his childhood home in “The Bottom”, the neighborhood in Baton Rouge where he grew up. A former gang leader, Reed now works as a community activist.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - John “Boo” Milton (50) sits in the living room of his sister’s house, where he has been living since being released from prison after serving 20 years of a 50 year sentence.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - John “Boo” Milton (50) sits in the back yard of his sister’s house, where he has been living since being released from prison after serving 20 years of a 50 year sentence.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - John “Boo” Milton (50) stands in the back yard of his sister’s house, where he has been living since being released from prison after serving 20 years of a 50 year sentence.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - John “Boo” Milton (50) stands in the back yard of his sister’s house, where he has been living since being released from prison after serving 20 years of a 50 year sentence.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - John “Boo” Milton (50) stands in the back yard of his sister’s house, where he has been living since being released from prison after serving 20 years of a 50 year sentence.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - Stephanie Pitre (L) and her wife Amy Scott stand outside near the salon where they both work in Baton Rouge. The two married when same sex marriage was federally-mandated under the Obama administration, and are now wary of the incoming Trump administration’s stance on LGBTQ issues.

Baton Rouge, LA - 12/20/2016 - Amy Scott (L) and her wife Stephanie Pitre in the salon where they both work in Baton Rouge. The two married when same sex marriage was federally-mandated under the Obama administration, and are now wary of the incoming Trump administration’s stance on LGBTQ issues.

Maclean’s: Barack Obama’s Broken Legacy

On the streets of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a search for the impact of the President’s words and deeds.


‘New Victory for World War II PT Boat’ for The New York Times

New Orleans, LA - 11/18/2016 - Don Rursch (79) of Rock Island, Illinois donated three Packard V-12 maritime engines to the World War II Museum for use in PT-305.

New Orleans, LA - 11/18/2016 - A photocopy of a historic photograph is taped to the wall inside the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, where a team of 50-70 volunteers worked for nearly a decade to restore the boat.

New Orleans, LA - 11/18/2016 - A crowd gathered to watch PT-305 be moved from the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion into the street.

New Orleans, LA - 11/18/2016 - Employees from Berard Transport, the company that oversaw the transportation of PT-305, run final checks before moving the boat out of the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion.

New Orleans, LA - 11/18/2016 - Members of the volunteer crew that spent nearly a decade restoring PT-305 stand in front of the boat after it was moved out of storage in the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion.

New Orleans, LA - 11/18/2016 - Terry Scarabin (24), an employee at Berard Transport, uses a remote control panel to maneuver PT-305 out from its station inside the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion and into the street.

New Orleans, LA - 11/19/2016 - PT-305 is moved through streets in the Warehouse District and toward the Mississippi River.

New Orleans, LA - 11/19/2016 - PT-305 is moved around the corner and down the street toward the Mississippi River.

New Orleans, LA - 11/19/2016 - PT-305 is moved through streets in the Warehouse District and toward the Mississippi River.

New Orleans, LA - 11/19/2016 - PT-305 is moved through streets in the Warehouse District and toward the Mississippi River.

New Orleans, LA - 11/19/2016 - At the Port of New Orleans, PT-305 was hoisted with a crane and carefully placed onto a barge on the Mississippi River.

New Orleans, LA - 11/19/2016 - At the Port of New Orleans, PT-305 was hoisted with a crane and carefully placed onto a barge on the Mississippi River.

New Orleans, LA - 11/19/2016 - At the Port of New Orleans, PT-305 was hoisted with a crane and carefully placed onto a barge on the Mississippi River.

I had a fun shoot for the Arts section this past week! 

After completing nearly a decade of restoration work, The National WWII Museum moved PT-305, a Higgins Patrol-Torpedo Boat, from her current home in a restoration pavilion to the Erato Street Cruise Terminal Dock, where she was placed on a barge on the Mississippi River. From there, the boat was floated down the Mississippi River for testing and certification by the US Coast Guard before it docks at its new home in Lake Pontchartrain. Starting in April 2017, the museum will begin offering visitors a chance to actually go for a ride aboard the boat. 

It was amazing to see the crew maneuver the boat around corners in the middle of the city, and the entire operation was carried out with surgical precision. The action came at the very end, when a gust of wind off the river caught the boat as it was being lifted onto a barge – the crew scrambled to stabilize the vessel and I think everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief as soon as it was finally lowered. 

NYT: New Victory for World War II PT Boat: Restored and Museum-Ready

A painstaking effort is turning the vessel into an interactive exhibit at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.



Kimbal Musk for Fast Company

I traveled to Memphis, TN to photograph Kimbal Musk at the site of The Kitchen, his brand new farm-to-table project located in Shelby Farms Park. It was still an active construction site while we were there, but now that it’s opened I’m definitely going to make a stop the next time I’m in town. The portraits appear in the October 2016 issue of the magazine.

Fast Company: Kimbal Musk Is Growing A Food Revolution In Memphis

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