In the Louisiana bayou, a constellation of small communities has worked over the course of a decade to piece together the remains of their homes and infrastructure. Tyrone Turner, a National Geographic photographer who grew up in New Orleans, wanted to capture a vital source of the area’s strength: the families that tie those communities together.
Turner, who worked for the Times-Picayune from 1990 to 1996, photographed the city shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, and after the BP spill, which devastated the area’s environment with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, 2010. He traveled back over the course of the last several years, documenting cleanup efforts and rebuilding along with local traditions and customs.
Turner said he has heard New Orleans locals described as “strong” and “resilient” by many media outlets, and he wanted to break down what those words mean on a daily basis in the lives of the people who have rebuilt New Orleans over the last decade. Throughout these disasters, the bonds between families and community have held the area together and helped it to move on, he said.
“I’m drawn to areas where … people are dependent on each other,” he said.
Check out more images from Turner below.