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Ten months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, Brooklynites can catch a glimpse of life in the Big Easy after the big storm.

Taken by Crown Heights’s own Delphine Fawundu-Buford in March, the riveting images, "Muddy Water Gumbo & High Tide Blues," are on display at Harriet’s Alter Ego Boutique & Gallery in Prospect Heights through June 30.

"The images on TV do not prepare you for going down there," Fawundu-Buford told GO Brooklyn. "There is endless destruction; homes in the middle of the roads, homes at a 45 degree angle. It was a war zone. But the most chilling thing was seeing people’s belongings in the streets. That’s when you realize this happened to everyday people like us."

The photographs focus on the city’s Ninth Ward, a black neighborhood that was completely devastated. After Katrina, Fawundu-Buford knew that some way, somehow she had to document what was happening, she said. In the process, she found that the city’s spirit was not completely broken.

"You could walk around the city and see people playing to music," she said. "When I first saw the city I cried, but then I was heartwarmed. Hopefully my photographs can at least tell a story of the people who still have to deal with everything still going on. And maybe that will help."

"Muddy Water Gumbo & High Tide Blues" is on display through June 30 at Harriet’s Alter Ego Boutique & Gallery at 293 Flatbush Ave. between St. Marks and Prospect Place in Prospect Heights. For information, call (718) 783-2074 or visit the Web site www.harrietsalterego.com.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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