Within two of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans — Leonidas and Pigeon Town — the effects of Hurricane Katrina go beyond the cosmetic and easily seen. The displacement traverses many categories, but all derives from a single, shared sentiment. A sense of loss. At times the loss can be articulated, other times, it is felt through the portraits. Completed by photographer and writer Ellis L. Marsalis, III, the project, Bring Back to Me — Me, combines interviews and instax prints to create a pop-up type of exhibit. The process is identical for each participant, with the anticipation of each description of loss completely individualized.
Louisiana native Ellis L. Marsalis, III is a photographer, poet and network engineer. He retired his commission as Captain in the U.S. Army in 1999. In 2004, his first poetry/photography narrative was published as Tha Bloc: words, photographs and baltimore city in black, white and gray, and received numerous awards. In 2007, Marsalis was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution to compose an exhibition of tha bloc. Marsalis’ photographs are the permanent collections at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institute and the Lewis Museum.