Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Same Place Four Years Later

I tend to revisit my favorite spots if I feel like trying for a "remake" of a
photograph. This is one example. The place here is on Trosclair Road
near Rutherford Beach Road in Cameron Parish. The first time I visited
this spot, in May 2006, the tree line just caught my eye, so I pulled over
for a shot, resulting in the bottom image. The trees were still in saltwater
shock from Hurricane Rita, which had struck Cameron Parish in September
2005; the leaves haven't grown back all the way yet. At the height of
Rita's fury, the water here would have been up 15 feet from the trees' bases.
You can also see the man whose land the trees stand on,
tending to the garden to the right with his
granddaughter (barely visible at lower right). I asked his permission
to photograph his trees, and after he said 'sure' I made two exposures
and quietly left.

Four years later (June 2010, image at top) I visited the same spot out of a desire to get more of the tree line in, again making just two quick exposures. Although I was happier with the trees
this time - I missed the old man. There was no sign of him or his trailer on the other side of the
road, put there after Rita took his house. I haven't found out anything about what happened to
him, and when I asked about him in Cameron later that day, no one could tell me anything.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Grand Isle Juried Art Exhibition

This April will mark the sixth year in a row I have had work selected
to be in the annual Grand Isle Juried Art Exhibition (April 9-17, at the
community center in Grand Isle).

Last year I won the Award of Excellence for a large print of my photograph
"Cheniere Caminada August 2009"; a lucky moment on a 100F day where the
light was at my back, facing toward the historic cheniere. (This image is
viewable in the Gulf Coast gallery at my website.) This year, we decided
to make it a family event, so Shannon and I made a little joint husband/wife piece,
and luckily it was selected by the juror for the exhibition.
"Elmers Island 2010" combines a large canvas print of an aerial photo
taken of Elmer's Island last summer while photographing the BP oil spill.
I stretched the canvas over a large wood panel, and then nailed in other
canvas prints of black and white 35mm photos taken of Grand Isle and
other areas over the years. Shannon and I just sort of talked our way
through making it, and once we agreed on the visualization of the whole
thing I put it all together.

My 6-year-old daughter, Maureen, also made her own acrylic painting
of a pelican and eggs which was selected for the children's exhibition, seen

As is our yearly tradition, we will be headed down to Grand Isle for
the exhibition on closing day, and grabbing some oysters at Toupsie's
in Port Fourchon on the way home. It's always a great trip, and I look
forward to it as much as I look forward each year to Jazz Fest or Mardi Gras.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Three Views of the Crescent City Connection

Early morning, view is from the east bank looking toward
Algiers/Gretna. Weather in New Orleans has been beautiful lately.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mardi Gras Faces

All of these images were made at the Zulu and Rex parades
the morning of Mardi Gras (March 8th), on St. Charles Avenue,
near Josephine Street. (Click any photo to enlarge.)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mardi Gras 2011

A few shots from the Rex parade yesterday morning on St. Charles Ave.
Despite threatening skies,
it never rained on any parades. (Click image for large view):

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lundi Gras

Going downtown for tomorrow's Lundi Gras festivities on the
Riverwalk, hoping to see the arrival of Rex. Camera will be along
for all the fun. I'm hoping the next few days will yield some good
Mardi Gras images for the archives, and I plan to accomplish this
while still having FUN.

Weather is looking fine and spring-like for the remainder of Mardi Gras,
in contrast to last year's deep freeze.
The price paid for the good weather ahead was
having Endymion rained out yesterday, forcing them
to roll on the Uptown route a day later, much to the dismay of Mid-City folks.

For Fat Tuesday we plan to watch Zulu and Rex on St. Charles Ave.;
I'll try to get some shots up here in a few days or so.
Happy Mardi Gras!