John & Mary Gooding

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This vignette is from a feature length project titled Storm Surge about communities and redevelopment in the wake of epic disaster.  The story of John & Mary Gooding is a close look at the long reaching health effects of the deepwater horizon oil spill that forever changed the ecology of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.John & MaryI had watched John work on that boat engine one three different days, just trying to get the motor to start properly.  He explained to me that the water pump was not working properly and that if he did not fix it, the engine would overheat.  His thought was that the engine had been sitting for too long so he was using safety wire and various chemical cleaners to flush it out.