Thursday, March 02, 2006

Jose

I'd like you to meet Jose Fernandes a photographer from Portugal who has lived in the New Orleans for years. Jose did not evacuate during Katrina. In the days after Kartina struck Jose moved around the city taking photographs. He spoke of photographing Miss Cecelia a 92 year old black woman whom he met. He recently went back to see how she made out.

Jose not only describes the physical devestation but poignantly tells of the loss of community. And he also speaks eloquently of America and what that means in the context of helping New Orleans. I was struck how this Portuguese man understands the significance more so than many Americans.
The devestation is important because people need to support and realize that ...you know we are the United States of America......We are the United States of America and that means something.
That means that we need to be here for each another. And this was Louisiana's turn to be helped which is beyond our ability to help ourselves......
Watch the rest below.....
[Jose has a website at ozepa.com
He hopes to have his Katrina photos available soon. I hope you check them out.]

Meet Jose.......

7 Comments:

Anonymous robinhood said...

are you sure of that link to his site? i get "Not Found" and the link is:
http://scoutneworleans.blogspot.com/ozepa.com

7:23 PM  
Blogger dusty59 said...

So eloquent. what can I say other than thank you.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous robinhood said...

I'm half portuguese (and half french). He has the accent I grew up hearing in my family and community. Community is so important. Now mine is owned by people from NYC. Many of the portuguese sold their houses next to the sea and quit lobstering and fishing. Its a dangerous way to make a living which is how my artist mentor died.

anyhoo, no disrespect to the NYC people. Change happens. I wonder what will become of NO.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous tena said...

Oh my god, Scout, that was phenomenal.

What a wonderful interview subject. What a wonderful interview.

I'm serious - just beautiful.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous tena said...

Hate to tell you this, but the link to Jose's web site doesn't work.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the link is

http://www.ozepa.com/

8:50 AM  
Blogger jose fernandes said...

Hi, this is Jose Fernandes. I doubt that at this late date anyone is reading about this, but I have another site that deals more with documentary photography. You'll find the Katrina, 180 days, Mardi Gras and Pirate galleries that deal with New Orleans. The address is:

web.mac.com/ozepa ( no www and a little slow on windows, sorry)
thanks everyone

Jose

3:47 PM  

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