|He 'built' the houses from snippets of photos|
of Ninth Ward homes destroyed by Katrina.
The doors were cut from FEMA documents,
and a Wikipedia article on Katrina.
He learned that drawing up a rough sketch early on is a very good idea when planning out a collage.
He learned how to play with color in iPhoto.
I learned (am still learning) to back the heck off.
"It's. not. your. project," he reminded me over and over as my hand shot out to straighten a paper house here or sweep away a blob of glue there.
He was so right. So I backed the heck off.
And of course -- of course -- his project is a much truer reflection of Ninth Ward's off-kilter, colorful, tenuously held-together setting than anything I could have made with a ruler and a t-square and an x-acto knife.