Monday, December 7, 2015
I have started up a Twitter account, where I will be posting a photograph from the archives every other day or so, along with any tweeties about other photo biz, and also info about select jazz gigs I'll be playing. The longer rants and raves, and series from shoots/trips, will continue to be posted here from time to time as usual.
You can follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MDWhite1013
Oh, the photo above is from Florida City, FL, 8/2008. A sledgehammer thunderstorm had just passed by, and I was at a red light, witnessing this incredible orange sky. The cross road is US1; Key Largo is 25 miles left and Miami 25 miles right, with the Everglades five miles straight ahead.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is coming up (August 29th), and the internet has been very busy as of late posting myriad "then-and-now" essays and photo collections that are supposed to be showing how far we've come, what we still need to do, and what has been forever changed. I'm really not sure how I feel about all of it at this point, but I do agree that many things are gone and aren't coming back; in spite of that, I think New Orleans is in much better shape than people predicted it would be ten years ago.
My contribution here is a simple 35mm black and white photo that was taken September 26th, 2005 in the Lake Catherine community. We were making our first visit to the island to see what little remained of our island home, which mostly vanished in the storm, along with about 600 other homes in the area that just seemed to evaporate and leave nothing behind but empty pilings. This view normally would have shown a row of happy camps and piers looking out onto Lake Pontchartrain. Instead you see what Katrina did to our island. The high water and strong wind on the flag were caused by Hurricane Rita, which made landfall 300 miles away in Cameron Parish the night before. I still miss living on the island and think about it pretty regularly. I remember being able to jump in the boat and zip down to the marina at Chef Menteur Pass for breakfast; sitting on the back porch watching the clouds go by on the lake. I remember we figured eventually when we got a home in Algiers Point we'd keep the camp for weekends. The lot where our camp used to sit is now completely grown over and inaccessible. The bayou in our backyard is probably still filled with debris, no longer serving any purpose.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Photography instruction books and real estate companies that hire photographers will tell you over and over to never make photographs in midday sun, due to the harsh shadows and unattractive lighting that supposedly results. However, I have found that using a polarized filter and waiting until the sun is partially eclipsed by small passing clouds that act as giant flash diffusers gives the photographs a strange, surreal quality that transforms what would normally be standard over-lit souvenir shop postcard shots into imaginary sets for some unrealized, wacky Ken Russell movie.
No Photoshop Lightroom shit here at all; just the circular polarizer and the sun being directly overhead, partially hidden by a small cloud.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Crowds enjoyed perfect weather for this year's Endymion parade on February 14th. I had a good spot on Orleans Avenue and a 200mm lens, and got a few good snappies when I wasn't begging for beads. Happy Mardi Gras! (Click on photo for larger view.)