When I travel I like to visit places that define the region. In New Orleans because of high water tables, they don’t bury their dead but use methods like crypts and mausoleums. They are very interesting to photograph. I have visited some of the world’s most famous cemeteries like in Buenos Aires and Punta Arenas. These locations are gorgeous properties and they also use mausoleums for their dead. In any case, this image shows one of the areas of one of the many city cemeteries.
This is the first in a series of stairways I have been photographing around the world. This was shot in an old library in New Orleans.
New Orleans is one of Americas greatest cities. It is unlike any other city as it has a deep history and has been through many challenges. The city because it is so prone to flooding and has a very high water table elects to bury their dead above ground. This image was made in one of the many cemeteries around the city. I took the image into my iPad and used a few apps to give it a different look,
I spent a week in New Orleans about a year ago. I had a great time photographing around the city. One of the days there we took a trip out of the city and traveled along the river. This is a shot I took along the Mississippi river. It is a 10 image stitch to create the long panorama image. I also did some special treatment to give it a cold sharp look.
This is kind of an artsy image. I want the image to tell a story. This was made in an old church in New Orleans. We were on the upper floors and the stairway was undergoing renovation. The tarp for keeping dust out was pulled open and there was beautiful light coming through the plastic tarp as well as the stairs behind. Ask yourself, where do the stairs go, what is this place?
Another thing about New Orleans is the city has some amazing cemeteries. It’s funny in a way that in my travels I have photographed cemeteries in many countries. Buenos Aires, Argentina and Punta Arena, Chile have two of the most beautiful cemeteries I have ever visited. New Orleans certainly has its share of interesting cemeteries. This is a close up I found on one of the graves. I have hundreds of images I made there. Maybe I’ll show more over time. Shot with an iPhone.
In April of 2016 I’ll be hosting workshop in New Orleans. New Orleans is one of the most interesting US cities with quite an interesting history. There are so many things to photograph in New Orleans. The streets are full of interesting people. There are impromptu parades and some very interesting architecture. This image was made in the stairway of one of the older libraries in New Orleans. I like the light playing on the walls and color cast. You always have to be looking for these type of photo opportunities. Shot with an iPhone.
Here is another shot I did in New orleans. We were visiting a museum and next to it was an old library with all sorts of beautiful wood. I climbed the blocked off stairs of one portion of the library and turned around to see this. I loved the pulled back plastic, the backlighting and the window and railing. It just works really well.
I recently was in New Orleans scouting out locations for a workshop to be held in March 2016. I love New Orleans but for me most of my good memories are clouded as a result of partying bit too hard at Mardi Gras in my younger days. So, this time I got to see the city in a new light and clearer focus. This is an image I shot that I thought defined New Orleans. Street Cars are very popular although to me they don’t look very efficient. I liked this shot and because of the guy on the bike. I worked it a bit in post processing to get that old time look. Shot with a Fuji X-T1.