Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mardi Gras 2012

Just a few images from this year's Carnival season. Seen here are the Krewes of NOMTOC; Mid-City; Zulu; Okeanos, and others celebrating. Click for a larger view. More to come - enjoy.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mardi Gras Time Again

Today was a pretty exhausting but fun day. On the Uptown parade route, on St. Charles at Josephine, I sat with my daughter and friends and watched five parades go by - Krewes of NOMTOC; Iris; Okeanos; Mid-City; and Thoth - alternately taking photos from the top of a ladder and begging for beads.

By midday I had a pile of beads around my neck so heavy that along with the camera it began to pull me forward and turned things into a real endurance test. On top of that, a cold front pulled through overnight, and although the sun came out for most of the day, the northeast breeze turned our portion of St. Charles Avenue into a wind-tunnel, with temperatures hanging around 60 or so, which feels freezing if you're a New Orleanian. Such are the hardships of Carnival season in New Orleans. Nevertheless, it was a blast that I wouldn't have missed for anything. Mardi Gras still has the power to turn the most jaded cynic into a kid again.

I shot about 100 or so decent photographs of the parades, and there's still Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras left to go.
I'll be shooting Lundi Gras festivities on the riverbank tomorrow, and we're planning to spend Mardi Gras day on Canal Street, waiting for Zulu and Rex to pass by.

I'll post some of the results here once it's all over, and I'll probably be incorporating some of these into the Travel portfolio on the regular website.

Happy Mardi Gras!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Words of Wisdom - Saul Leiter

"I must admit I am not a member of the ugly school. I have a great regard for certain notions of beauty even though to some it is an old-fashioned idea. Some photographers think that by taking pictures of human misery, they are addressing a serious problem. I do not think that misery is more profound than happiness."

- Saul Leiter (b. 1923)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pic(k) of the Week at The Pelican Bomb

Local online arts magazine The Pelican Bomb posted a photograph from The End of the Great River collection this week; one of the photos that hasn't yet been exhibited, Southwest Pass, Plaquemines Parish, LA. One of my favorites from the three aerials I did over the river delta during the height of the 2010 Gulf oil spill hysteria, it shows a view of Southwest Pass, near the former site of Burrwood, with a cargo ship heading up the pass toward New Orleans.

The Pelican Bomb