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Behind the Lens

The Hidden South's Brent Walker Talks Southern Stories & Creative Ambitions



There is nothing like having a story to tell and no way to tell it. Many of us often take to social media, to our miles long “friend” list, to tell the world of our woes. While it may be true that every person has a tale to tell, many people in this country often find themselves without a platform to express it, due to a number of circumstances.

 

Brent Walker, the creative force behind The Hidden South, has done just that. He has taken the stories of individuals who might have never been able to tell them otherwise, and gives them that platform to stand tall from, all while allowing them to be exactly who they are. NoDef had a chance to sit down with the artist to learn a bit more about the project, as well as give Walker the chance to tell his own story. 


Krewes in View: Hermes, d'Etat (PHOTOS)


by Brandon Robert and Helen Young

Bounties and beauty converged on the main drag of Mardi Gras Friday night. The Krewe of Hermes once again set the bar for float design and execution high, with their parade of "The Theatrical Baroque." Meanwhile, Le Krewe d'Etat went to the Dictator's Reading Room for a series of satirical spins, while Morpheus went to the movies.


Falling Down


In the swath of Lower Mid-City that is being cleared to make way for BioDistrict New Orleans, fewer signs of the humanity that once inhabited the land exist everyday. Last week's demolition of the Outer Banks Bar was the most dramatic among hundreds of wreckings that have taken place over the past couple months. Only a handful of buildings are left. Some of them are family homes, and some are historic buildings like the S.W. Green House and the McDonogh No. 11 School.  Even so, the state still doesn't have a date set for the LSU Teaching Hospital's groundbreaking. Amid the bureaucracy and fanciful projections, the images of cleared land provide an unmistakable description of the project as it stands. NoDef sent photographer Kat Arnold to document the current state of things. Her photos appear in a slideshow after the jump.


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

Alexis Manrodt


B. E. Mintz


Stephen Babcock

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