Gallery: PRESENTING: Mired in the Bayou, an Exhibit About the BP Oil Sp...

"During the years back, there was no blacks on the boats, the shrimp boats. Well, they wouldn’t let them on the boats up to about the middle sixties, ’66, okay, that’s when the blacks began to work on the shrimp boats. I think what broke that in was, you had about a dozen boats that came in from Florida. See Florida had black captains on the boats and black crews and they would sort of mix it up. But this part of Alabama, the only thing the black guys would do is unload the boats when they come in. They could go and unload them and if they need some repairs they’d let them do them, but when the boat get ready, get fueled up, get ready to go back out, they couldn’t go."

Ervin's items: oyster shell, paintbrush, half-melted wires, spark plug, rag, metal rods, crushed shotgun shell, boat flare, melted wire, junction, hand-welded metal bracket, car lights and fuse, model plate, fallen leaf, rust, sand, dirt

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  1. DPY September 23, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Very creative way of expressing dispair and hope…would be great to see the show.

  2. BJ. September 23, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Damage. Detris. Resolve. Evocative work.

  3. Rita September 23, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I wish I was in NY to see the show… great story and amazing photos.


  4. julest September 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    What an interesting collaboration. I love the different perspectives that each of you bring.

  5. rachelmae September 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    bad ass

  6. B Iverson September 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Amazing photography, and great human interest story, too. I especially love the photo of the woman with the pink flowers sitting near her.

  7. fobgirl September 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    This is amazing!

  8. Eric__ September 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Very interesting to see how your and your family’s life can change completely after those kinds of disasters. It must take a lot of bravery to accept it. Always makes me think my life is not that bad after all!


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