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Month: February 2007

Our Fallen St. Roch, Feb. 26th 2007

February 27, 2007






words by Joe Kight (joekight.com)

a healer of broken bones lay shattered on the stone.

the statue of saint roch crashed to the floor from its perch today. i came across the scene while visiting the national shrine to saint roch nestled into a raised cemetery five blocks behind the abandoned market. glancing up the bell tower as i stepped through the chapel doors i found three others, shocked, pondering the cause of the destruction that occurred only moments before. a young man named vincent studied the forensics and articulated a theory i’ve already forgotten. after only a few minutes, vincent and his friends rode away on their bicycles. i hunched sadly over the remains, violently twisted in the hard collision with marble stone.

i’m uncurious about the exact motive of this death, so struck am i by the event itself, another murder in the long list of murders endured here. this was unlikely an accident, some structural failure 17 months in the making, since four feet of water flooded the shrine. saint roch stood high above the heavy stone altar, securely perched above the water line. a gash in the wood behind roch’s left shoulder suggests he put up a struggle. i fear our chapel became a crime scene, a crime with unimaginable motive. heartbreakingly, saint roch lay in pieces. his face, complete though separated from the remainder of his cranium along the ear line, lay gazing heavenly straight up.

preciously close lay the corpus of jesus, dead in his tomb below the altar. on his right side, jesus gazes slightly down upon his friend’s face, grieved by the loss of one who has surely become a dear confidante. what conversations they’ve had since 1875….

as evidence of saint roch’s healing intervention, cast-off feet, relic-like fingers, concrete eyeballs and broken, sickly body parts sit packed alongside unneeded crutches and artificial limbs joyfully abandoned in a tiny vestibule on the chapel’s right side, this all to the credit of saint roch, whose intervention saved the lives of the congregation of Reverend Peter Thevis, a german priest. a brutal yellow fever epidemic gripped the city in 1867. and to fulfill the vow made after roch answered his prayers, Father Thevis built the shrine. saint roch had endured the pain of plague himself, and had turned away from inherited riches and lived devoted to the care of the poor. he once went off into the woods to die, but was cared for by a loyal dog and recovered. images of the saint often include a bloody look at plague lesions, with at least one painting oddly risque for modern sensibilities while showing high up an infected leg.

no matter the unique and perhaps bizarre accounts, whether you’re a believer or unbeliever, saint roch has heard our city’s prayers for 130 years. and today, in an act of violence as nonsensical as the other killing in new orleans, we lost another man, a healer, a miracle maker devoted to our sick and poor. today we lost another neighbor, a doctor of sorts who has comforted our afflicted for generations. today, we turned yet again to an earlier time of random death, as we create another brutal epidemic, one that spares not even the unliving.

saint roch, please heal our sick, those who are so desperate and frightened as to be tricked into the life of guns and drugs, our neighbors gripped by the mistaken promise of killing as a solution. saint roch, hear our prayer, broken as you are, victim, witness to the power of violence. we need you, saint roch. or have you been lost to us, as well?

Lunar New Year at the BBG

February 25, 2007



Gotta say i am a lucky guy. I was recently hired to document the Chinese Lunar New Year festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and it was damn amazing. I’ll be shooting more events and things there this year, and hope to continue seeing all you NY freaks more and more….enjoy

Carnival 2007

February 22, 2007

Was a good one folks, we did it right, we’ve been practicing, and it showed. i didn’t bring my camera around too much , but did to a few things. Mostly shot film so give me a bit and i’ll deliver some shots for you….

The Slip on Conan O'Brien

February 6, 2007






The Slip just played a short, but sweet “Children of December” on Conan O’Brien tonight, their network television debut. If y’all don’t have their new album, “Eisenhower,” you owe it to yourself even if you haven’t heard of them, the album is stellar all the way through…they are also touring the East Coast extensively this month…check their website for the tour dates and music…and enjoy some of my favorite images of them through the years..also, some music video’s i’ve done to their music on my website.

www.theslip.com
www.myspace.com/theslip

Some Peoples Faces

February 6, 2007






Some of my favorites, let me know if you wannem…you gottem…wassup Margaret n Bruce n Hannah n Blair

No Other Planets projections...Sorry

February 6, 2007

Yo..i couldn’t find a projector to use for the gig, sorry if anybody went and wanted visuals…Diesel Dan should have sufficed…

Photo of the Weeks...Archive

February 1, 2007

For the past few months i have sent out my email based Photo of the Week…now, it’ll be a little easier – from now on i won’t send out individual emails but just check every week here, and you will find your P.O.W….Shazaam.

Until the new ones come, please enjoy the complete Archives…coming soon…

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