Four months after Katrina, I drove toward the Lower Ninth Ward, off Claiborne Avenue and Elysian Fields Avenue. The electricity was still out. I turned down Touro Street to revisit the location where I had found another photograph, “Prieur.” A little further down the street, between Claiborne and St. Claude, I came across this house. It was dark. The people across the street had recently returned to clean out their fridge, and had thrown out the food from their fridge onto the curb.
To make this photograph with my marine-powered lights, I had to stand as far back on the other side of the street as possible. The lights were set up on the left-hand side of the frame to cast that shadow between the green shutters. My tripod stood in a slush of plastic bags filled with the rotten food. I didn’t have time to clean it up, because that night, the clouds were moving in a more dramatic fashion than I’d ever seen before. One set of clouds hung low across the horizon, moving horizontally, and another grouping seemed to be drifting down towards them. The frame in this photograph was made just before the clouds met. In the next frame, the clouds came together and filled in that dark area. This creole cottage has since been renovated – the character of the slanting steps isn’t there anymore – but I love the thin brick chimney sticking out of the center.
Around the same time, I was making photographs about Katrina. Many mistakenly believed that I’d made these pictures the night Katrina came. There’s something about the quality of the sky here that made people think there was a hurricane brewing in the sky. This is how I named it. “Dubreuil” is an old New Orleans street name, but I feel like it could be the name of a French cooking technique. You could say, “The sky was being dubreuiled.” I can hear it in my mother’s voice: “Go out there and dubreuil that sky!”
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20" x 30" Edition of 5
Artist: FRANK RELLE
Location: New Orleans, LA
Date: December 2005
(Including white border)
|27 1/2"h X 20"w
||34"h X 26" w
The front of the photograph is signed and titled by Frank in in. The back of the photograph is detailed with printing information and edition number in pencil and the information is duplicated on a card affixed to the back of the photograph.
Photograph is unframed printed on ultra-smooth fine art paper with an approximately 3" white border around the image size giving you the above listed paper size.
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