The Astrodome

Michael Stravato

Houston, 2005

“I don’t know these two men’s story because they declined to tell it. But the sudden joy in their faces as they spun around embracing in the center of the floor of the Astrodome, surrounded by others fleeing the Hurricane Katrina-flooded city of New Orleans, tells a whole lifetime of stories. This was Sept. 1, the first day of weeks I spent trying to photograph tens of thousands of people passing through there. From spending the night there, I still remember the collective smell of these people being very comforting; I thought it must be some kind of human-safety-in-numbers smell that my brain had long ago forgot.”

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