Getting sick over the weekend and having to wake up at 3am to catch a 6am flight out to New Orleans is not what I would call FUN!
Getting into New Orleans hung out around the hotel till the Tour of the City with Gray Line.
4am! what am I doing up so early?! Went out shooting at sunrise over in the Holy Cross Neighborhood. The lenses were fogged up from the humidity, which killed the sunrise for most of us, who were up early and all ready to shoot.
The later part of the day, I got dropped off in New Orleans East (Versailles), where I met up Mary from the MQVCDC (Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation). I did a little interview and met Father Vien Nguyen in the process. Mary then gave me a tour around Versailles and told me an interesting fact, "Houses with a Honda or a Toyota in the driveway, you already know that its a Vietnamese Family".
After the tour, I was then dropped off at the Church to have Lunch with Father Vien. Sitting down with Father Vien and hearing the history of Versailles and what the community is doing to help there community to redevelop the area and the protests against any wrong doings. During Lunch I also met Kari Lydersen, who is a correspondent in Chicago for the Washington Post.
We chatted it up and she is very interesting in this essay as she is doing her own work with the environmental issues in New Orleans East.
The day I rented a car, and went out to Versailles to make more photographs, while I was out there the rest of the class was with the Times Picyune; touring and doing ride alongs.
here are some pictures from the last 2 days in Versailles: