Opinion
I know what it means, to Miss New Orleans
Photographs by Friðgeir Helgason
20 August 2007

About Friðgeir Helgason

Friðgeir Helgason lived and worked as a chef in New Orleans from 1990 to 2004 before moving to Los Angeles where he currently studies photography.  Helgason returns to the 'greatest city on earth,' his New Orleans, every 6 months to visit family and friends.

Friðgeir Helgason was born on the island of Vestmannaeyjar  in Iceland. When he was 6 years old, he and his family were evacuated to escape a volcanic eruption. Within 2 years, 1.5 million tons of ash had been removed, and most of the community rebuilt.

It saddens him that New Orleans is still struggling to dig out from Hurricane Katrina.

[1] DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS, TO MISS NEW ORLEANS? (Louis Alter / Eddie DeLange)
Louis Armstrong and his Dixieland Seven – RCA Victor, Recorded in Los Angeles, October 17, 1946
From the booklet included with The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans, Shout Factory, Division of Retropolis, 2004

[2] Eruption of Eldfell, January 23, 1973, http://www.eyjar.is/eyjar/eruption.html

Slide details

1. Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana, June 2007 http://www.oakalleyplantation.com/
2. Looking at the Mississippi River, New Orleans, January 2007
3. St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, June 2006 http://cml.upenn.edu/nola/
4. Marigny, New Orleans, June 2006
5. Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, January 2007
6. Kermit Ruffins at the New Orleans Seafood Festival, June 2007 http://www.neworleansseafoodfestival.com/index.htm
7. Bywater, Upper 9th Ward, New Orleans, January 2007
8. Decatur Street, New Orleans, June 2006
9. New Orleans Jazz Vipers at the Spotted Cat, New Orleans, June 2006 http://www.jazzvipers.com/
10. House on Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, June 2006
11. St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, January 2007
12. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, June 2006
13. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, June 2006
14. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, January 2007
15. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, June 2006
16. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, June 2006
17. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, June 2006
18. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, January 2007
19. Waveland, Mississippi, January 2007 http://www.wavelandcity.com/katrina_info.htm

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