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Swamplands, folk art, and fried okra with Julie Dermansky


August 29, 2013

Julie Dermansky, New Orleans-based photographer and Corbis contributor, most often covers hard news. From the aftermath of natural disasters and pipeline protests to civilian unrest, her images capture the voice of the people. But in addition to her hard-hitting stories, she is an artist with an appreciation for local culture and folk art. While covering the Bayou Corne Sinkhole, she ran across an unassuming but intriguing museum — Adam’s Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum in Pierre Part, Louisiana. And fortunately for us, she decided to share this off-the-beaten-path travel destination.

The museum is about an hour and half outside of New Orleans in the heart of Louisiana’s swamplands. Julie explains, “It has an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the world. The moss covered Cypress trees give an ethereal feeling to the place. The area is teaming with life from alligators to egrets. Plus, the people themselves, Cajuns, are a unique bread of Americans; they are descendants of Acadian exiles, French Canadians and have their own dialect, music, and cuisine.

Adam Morales’ folk art reflects the Louisiana culture: their sense of humor, patriotism, and respect for the natural environment that surrounds them.

He lives at the location with his family. The art is primarily outside and visitors are welcome to stop by anytime, whether the family is home or not.

If you make the trip, “stop by Landry’s Seafood Restaurant in Pierre Part for the area’s staple specialties from fried okra to catfish,” recommends Julie.

Adam’s Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum
338 South Bay Road
Pierre part, Louisiana 70339

View the gallery on Corbis

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