New Orleans Photojournalist and Editorial Photographer Edmund D. Fountain - Portrait
Congo Williams displays a gunshot wound to the chest that he received in 2014. He told his cousin he was tired en route to the hospital. His cousin slapped him, saying, "That ain't the sleep you want." Today, he's proud to have survived. "I'm a Viking. I'm 34," he says. He was shot a block down Dale street from where he's standing in this image. A sign hangs on that corner proclaiming "This neighborhood is covered by the blood of Jesus Christ." Williams says that his family hates him because he's still hanging out in the same spot, and they weren't pleased with his two 2015 arrests for cocaine possession. Despite this, he says that he's trying to get right with the Lord. "God is the only thing that can save you," he said.