Friday, June 29, 2007

Friends You Will Never Meet

Motorcycle Shop Tent, Baton Rouge LA 6/2007 from Baton Rouge Blues
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I didn’t know Chris Roberts. We probably wouldn’t have been friends. He was a tough guy , a motorcycle man , a mechanic and racer. However, I cannot help but feel the loss of Chris Roberts. He was murdered in New Orleans , while trying to stop someone from stealing his motorcycle. He died on father’s day , leaving behind a young daughter, a Katrina baby.

Chris Roberts had moved after Katrina, following the motorcycle manufacturer he worked for to Huntsville, AL. However, Chris decided he missed New Orleans too much , and as strong as his desire to build motorcycles was, the desire to live in New Orleans was stronger.

A very nice short tribute film was made by Confederate Motorcycles:

Thursday, June 28, 2007


Man at Fair, Baton Rouge LA 2006/2007 from Baton Rouge Blues
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LSU School of Art
summer invitational exhibition
July 7 - August 4, 2007
Reception: Saturday , July 7th 7-9 PM

Shaw Center, Alfred C. Glassell Jr., Exhibition Gal.
Sponsored by LSU Museum of Art
Open to Public
For more information:
Kristen Krolak

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

not miami INK

William Greiner, Baton Rouge LA 2007
photograph by Chad Chenier

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Not 2 but 20

School Yard Fence, New Orleans 7/2005
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It was reported today* , that Louisiana Recovery District schools in New Orleans paid The Guidry Group , a Texas firm , nearly $20 million for security services to protect 22 public schools in New Orleans!

Michael Guidry, president of the Guidry Group, acknowledged the contract was pricey! “Does it cost a lot of money? Yes. Have we lost any children? No!” , Guidry was quoted as saying last week.

* State-run N.O. schools’ security to cost $20 million By The Associated Press 6/26/2007


Dead Dog, Baton Rouge LA 4/2007 from Baton Rouge Blues
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I had blogged about Robert Polidori’s photographs made in New Orleans after Katrina. Specifically, I was incensed by the image he had made of a dead man , in the man’s bedroom. I thought it an invasion of privacy and undignified! The work ended up on the walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in a huge monograph book. Ah , the art of disaster!

Now, Mr. Polidori has decided to lend this work to the cause of smoking cessation in a foreign country! What a creative idea?

Other commentary:

Saturday, June 23, 2007


World Map - Jazzfest, New Orleans 5/2006 from 8 Days in Spring
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Risk maps took 150 experts more than 18 months to develop:

Friday, June 22, 2007


Flooded Music Store, New Orleans LA 7/2006
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This is an amazing project , with incredible work:


Bare Tree, Gulfshores AL 4/2007
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I have received a number of emails from people responding to my recent blog entry concerning the cutting and harvesting of Louisiana cypress trees for the sole purpose of use as garden mulch! It appears this is actually happening!

It sounds like the plot of a cartoon...
Cypress swamps are clear-cut and entire trees are ground up to make cypress garden mulch. Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Lowe's are driving destruction of the Gulf's best natural storm protection by selling cypress mulch all over the country. It's time they stopped.
One of the most important actors in this tragic comedy is you. Once you've watched the cartoon, please help ensure a happy ending by using our action system to send an email directly to the CEO's of all three companies. Then, if you show the clip to five friends, we'll send you a little token of thanks.
excerpt from:
also check:

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Tanker on Horizon, Gulf of Mexico 12/2006 from the series CRUISE
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NEW ORLEANS — Tidewater Inc., the world's largest operator of vessels serving the offshore oil and gas industry, may move its corporate headquarters to Houston, company president Dean Taylor said Wednesday.

"We have a lot of sympathy for the city, but our shareholders don't pay us to have sympathy," he said. "They pay us to have results for them. We ultimately need to do what's for them." Taylor said the move proposal is getting serious consideration.
Tidewater Inc. May Move
By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Writer © 2007 The Associated Press
published June 20, 2007

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Going Blind

Surveillance Camera, Baton Rouge LA 4/2007 from Baton Rouge Blues
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Last week, the Associated Press reported that a U.S. hurricane satellite could fail at any time and it’s loss would reduce accuracy of landfall predictions (by 10%*)! That is the bad news.

What is worse news is that it’s replacement is not scheduled to be launched until 2016!

*If the satellite faltered, experts estimate that the accuracy of two-day forecasts would suffer by 10 percent and three-day forecasts by 16 percent, which could translate into miles of coastline and the difference between a city being evacuated or not.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Road Less Traveled*

Music Express, New Orleans LA 5/2005 from Fallen Paradise
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The outside contractor , ICF, which is administering the distribution of $6.5 billion Road Home program has been audited by the State of Louisiana.
It was determined that ICF has been paid more than $700,000. for travel expenses that the company has not incurred!
No wonder the program has run out of money leaving more than 49,000 homeowners without Road Home funding!

As reported: Audit: Road Home contractor overpaid $700,000 for travel expenses The Times-Picayune June 18, 2007 , David Hammer -Staff writer

*refers to the self help book by M. Scott Peck' , "The Road Less Traveled".

Friday, June 15, 2007


Tree in Fence, New Orleans LA 4/2007

There is a nasty story circulating about the “fact” that Lowe’s , Home Depot and Wal-Mart (amongst others) are selling cypress mulch for garden decoration , harvested from cutting down cypress trees in Louisiana! These are the same cypress trees which offer a buffer and protection from storm surges. If this story is true:

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Motorcycles on Mountain Road, Telluride CO 6/2007
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It was reported yesterday, that the $6.2 billion set aside to aid the return of New Orleans home owners has dried up! 85,495 home owners will receive the funds , while the balance of an additional estimated, 57,430 are out of luck - unless the Federal Government comes up with an additional $3 - $5 billion dollars.

Monday, June 11, 2007


Mountains between Houses, Telluride CO 6/2007
Debris in Dumpster, Telluride CO 6/2007

Jeep in Parking Lot, Telluride CO 6/2007

Party Sign, Telluride CO 6/2007

Front Porch with Bicycles, Telluride CO 6/2007

Blue Light in Pine Tree, Telluride CO 6/2007

White Dog, Telluride CO 6/2007

House near Main Street, Telluride CO 6/2007

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I don’t travel to photograph , but I photograph when I travel!
William Greiner