At the End of the Road
Much of the homeland I wandered as a child will soon be underwater. My native terrain will not disappear from maps by way of biblical flood or ruptured levees, but through the patient process of coastal erosion. Every day, the soil that has defined my family for generations gives way to the gulf that has defined us equally. A childhood living “down the bayou” has made me a firsthand witness to the threat that land erosion poses to both the culture and physical landscape of southern Louisiana. As years go by, the loss of culture has become just as evident as the loss of land in Cocodrie, a small fishing village in Terrebonne Parish. Without the land, the culture cannot thrive. As a photographer, my reaction to the degradation of this place is to preserve its essence through a documentary lens. Through my work, I attempt to save what life is left along the dead-end highways of south Louisiana. I am searching for clues of the ways life continues to exist in a disappearing place. The history of this place, my ability to watch it age, and the sense of urgency to capture it before it’s gone all drew me to create this body of work. “At the End of the Road” serves as my own record of a place I hold dear.