STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY BY: SEAN MURPHY
VIDEO BY: COLORBLIND MEDIA
Venice Louisiana... Yeah, I know... until a few years ago I had never heard of it either. A friend of mine told me stories of visiting there and seeing redfish schools as big as football fields, giant pelicans and people who didn't much like "outsiders." Ever since then it has been just out of reach. Until now.
Assignment: Pick up friend and film maker "Cavin Brothers" from the airport in New Orleans, get on Highway 23, and go till you can't go any further. There you will meet up with Red and Brown Frenette.
On the drive down it was rainy and dismal. I love that shit and so does Cavin. I think we stopped every ten minutes the whole way. I was geeking out on all the old buildings, rough looking people, and flames shooting into the air from all the refineries. Did I mention the FLAMES?! If "Jurassic Park" and "Mad Max" had a love child it would be Venice. I have never seen so much wildlife. You feel like you are part of the food chain. You feel alive.
My first impression of the Frenette family is that they loved each other a lot and so did the community surrounding them. I think it is safe to say they are legendary in that area.
Over the next couple days we immersed ourselves into the lives of Red and Brown and the way of life for their family and the small group of people living this wild existence. I could write a book about my three day experience in this special place. There is a reason that there are not many people living there. It is rough around the edges to put it mildly, but paradise for some.