If a grown man told us that he had a comic-book character named BopBagBill for an alter ego a persona with the same attributes as an anti-hero who sometimes gets involved with heroic acts, but [who] mainly is a character that works as an agonist wed look for Candid Camera. And pepper spray. When that man is photographer/sculptor Bill Berry (who says the above in his artist statement), we still think its insane, but in a good way.
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Berry goes by BopBagBill in his new photo essay calling out the government for its continued epic failure in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and makes the disaster/class themes global by showing similar damage from the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. In his latest incidental heroics, the erstwhile antagonist hangs out in a series of swimming pools, the only structures not destroyed by either disaster.
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