Canopy Loss

By  |  April 27, 2016
Untitled, 05-07 (Algiers Point), 2007. All photographs by Colleen Mullins Untitled, 05-07 (Algiers Point), 2007. All photographs by Colleen Mullins

Artist: Colleen Mullins

Project: Elysium

Description: Elysium is an examination of the diminishing urban forest of New Orleans, forever altered by a 70% canopy loss due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and further destroyed by rescue and restoration crews in the wake of the storm and in the years since. The impact of this loss will be faced by New Orleans residents returning home for years to come. Absent street signs (and often the houses themselves), trees were frequently the only signifiers that told me that I’d returned to a site I wanted to photograph—in places where they’d disappeared, I was lost. Imagine if the tree was not a marker for a photograph, but a marker for your home.


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, email Jeff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Colleen Mullins holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota, and a BA from San Francisco State University. She is a two-time recipient of the McKnight Artist Fellowship, a four-time recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and a recipient of the Women's Studio Workshop Production Grant, with which she produced a limited edition artist book, Opening Day. Her work is in several public collections including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Southeast Museum of Photography, and has been published in periodicals internationally, including Korea Photo, People’s Photography, and PDN. She lives and works in San Francisco. View more of her work on her website.