Caviar and Camaraderie Found a Place Inside the New Orleans Convention Center

But they didn't rest long. They're now in St. Louis preparing prints of their photos to be sold on eBay with proceeds going to hurricane relief, and are starting work on a book to detail their experiences and offer "a sense of what was lost."

Having lived through several other storms in New Orleans, Rusnack said he and his neighbors would traditionally pull together and share a pot of jambalaya when the weather cleared up. He says he thinks that attitude helped them get through this recent ordeal.

"After a hurricane, people are used to picking up the pieces, taking care of our own and making sure our neighbors were OK," said Rusnack. "Somehow it kept everybody behaved and it just fit with the New Orleans characters."

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