In the days following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the former Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service called for volunteers to cover the aftermath and response. I was the Senior Photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News, which was also owned by Knight Ridder at the time, and so I raised my hand.

At first, I was disappointed when they asked me to cover evacuees in Houston instead of the response in New Orleans, but I found incredible stories of survival among the 25,000 people taking shelter in the Astrodome.