Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Before (During) After - Louisiana Photographers Reactions To Hurricane Katrina -Book giveway!

 The Book: Before (During) After

@ the Amsterdam book event - Caroline Griep, Elizabeth Kleinveld,
Eric Paul Julien, Paul Cliteur

 Elizabeth Kleinveld's limited edition photo in my son's room (featured in the book)

 Before During After: photographer: Eric Paul Julien

Elizabeth's photo of toxic waste. After the water levels dropped this is what it looked like
almost poetic
 nola's toxic waste on my wall

Last week I attended a very special book event here in Amsterdam of Before (During) After.

In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, one of my best friends, New Orleans born and raised Elizabeth Kleinveld was there with her husband and children for their summer holidays.
We were al doing "our thing" at the time. At the event, friend and editor, Caroline Griep recalled during her speech that"her thing" at that moment was experiencing the most scary thunderstorm of her life inVenice not realizing that something much more material happened on the other side of the Ocean.
Many of us can recall the moment the news hit, but for the people that were actually in the midst of it, it will remain part of them forever. When Elizabeth returned safely to Amsterdam she was desperately searching for a way to find peace with the event and decided she needed to make a book. 5 years of passion, persistance and patience resulted in "Before (During) After:  an estetic and elegant collection of photographs of a devestating event. Twelve photographers contributed photos and essays:  Jennifer Shaw, Frank Relle, Lori Waselchuk, Rowan Metzner, Samuel Portera, David Rae Morris, Jonathan Traviesa, Eric Julien, Zack Smith, Elizabeth Kleinveld, Mark J. Sindler, and Thomas Neff. Their photographs are a melancholy record of both the damages (some small, some enormous) and their own feelings and experiences.

Although my own art and designs are collourful and happy I fell instantly for the intensity of the photographs. I got sucked into them completely. I just had to have at least a few on my wall and so it happened. It is difficult to share the emotions the photographs in the book evoke but you will have an opportunity to have the expierence.

And yes I know it might not be the usual glamorous suspect on your coffee table but here is your  opportunity to win a copy of this beautiful, inspiring, touching book signed by Elizabeth Kleinveld. TO ENTER:

- be a follower of my blog
- like Before (During) After on facebook 

and of course tweet as an addtional entry!

The winner will be announced on October 26.

....and if you don't win the book can be bought online amongst others through Octavia Books


  1. We're extraordinarily lucky people aren't we and it does us good to be reminded of that. I love the book and especially love that you have some photos on the wall in your home. They don't seem out of place at all, and it is meaningful art especially with the connection you have with your friend. Beautiful work.

  2. Good thing to support desperate people!!!!

  3. Have just become a follower. I'm intrigued with this book. We were in New Orleans when the order to evacuate the city came. We had just unloaded all my daugher's belongings into her dorm room, ready to start her sophomore year at Loyola University New Orleans. We were very fortunate to get on the last flight out Saturday night - the airport was total chaos. It was months before we could go back and get what was left of her things. She moved back home and finished school here in Arizona. Though it really changed her life, we feel quite lucky.

  4. Wow, what an idea to compile pictures of such an event. Looking at the images brings me back to what is really important. Wonderful giveaway. I'll post it on my sidebar.

  5. What a truly meaningful and beautiful give away. The images you have in your home are stunning and powerful. I can only imagine the rest of the photos in this book. Thank you for sharing!!

  6. Following you on FB. Its a good way to make people aware of how much needs to be done

  7. Mariska,how wonderful to do this!! Bless every day that we are here on earth and safe!

    Be sure to come and enter my fabulous Giveaway from Metis Linens!

    Art by Karena



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