Magnum Photography Awards 2016 Session with Jim Goldberg
Hurricane Season is a metaphor for the fear of the unknown, being in a deceptive calm. In a macho landscape, it is more acceptable to be angry than scared. Hurricane Season is not about hurricanes, not about South Louisiana and not about poverty. It is about my self, and about you. A mental state that you found yourself in perhaps earlier in life, or perhaps will be in sometime in the future. We can call it a sense of being between disasters. It's quiet now, something happened, and it will likely happen again, beneath the surface lurks uncertainty, fear and anger. Fear and anxiety are natural reactions to feelings of threat, they come from the same source, but they are passivity and unproductive. In a context where the weakness is undesirable, even dangerous, there is a gain in transforming fear into action and anger. Here memories never have time to heal but are repressed – as far as it goes. New Orleans is one of the most violent cities in the United States. Louisiana is also the state with the most prisoners per capita. Poverty, violence are also based on a long period of segregation, where racist views are inherited. It is possible to evacuate from a hurricane but not from the environment we are born into.