Friday, May 27, 2016

Grand Isle LA 120 Film Series

Here are seven decent results from a recent trip to the Grand Isle area to add to my 120 film series. I've been photographing Grand Isle for almost 15 years now, and it's gotten to the point where I know the area so well I can make a list of what I want to get (or try to remake) before I head down. Although I'm guaranteed to always stop and get stuck in the cemetery at some point during the day, and indulge in a few more gratuitous highway shots, on this outing I had the good luck and good timing to bump into Mr. Pat Landry, 78, who represents the fifth generation of his family that has lived year-round for life on Grand Isle on the same plot of land -- a tree-shaded area somewhere around the center of the island. With no questions asked and no hesitation, Mr. Landry kindly allowed me to photograph his property, which produced the photograph at top that turned out very nicely. I also struggled for nearly an hour getting the camera into a position where I could get my favorite view of Cheniere Caminada, this time on 120 film and in square format; a different remake of the digital original that is currently hanging at Good Children Gallery in New Orleans. After all these years I still get antsy if I haven't been to Grand Isle in a while, and I still dream about having a little weekend home down there some day. There's no place quite like it.  (Click photos for large view.)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Grand Isle

Spent the day in the Grand Isle area with the twin-lens, shooting 120 film, the results of which will be posted soon. These two digital captures were taken on old LA-1, now a dead-end spur, between Port Fourchon and Leeville, no longer in use as a through-highway as the elevated toll road has taken its place. It was a beautiful day.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wetlands Art Tour III

Three of my photographs, including the above, Port Arthur, TX (2007), are hanging at Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude, as part of the third Wetlands Art Tour, through June 2nd. The above print is fairly well-traveled around Louisiana, and did hang in Philadelphia, PA for a season, after it won a prize in the Print Center's annual competition. The photograph was taken from the shore of Sabine Lake in the summer of 2007, looking toward the refineries on the western side of the city, which has seen a marked decrease in population after unusually high rates of cancer and respiratory disease were discovered among the population. People who still own homes here are pretty much unable to sell them; after all, who wants to live next to a petrochemical refinery? Plenty of people did before the health hazards were discovered. The bridge at right serves TX-82 and connects the city with the Louisiana state line, becoming LA-82 crossing Sabine Pass. The above print is framed at 22 x 26 and printed with archival ink on extreme high-grade cotton rag paper. Please inquire if you are interested in acquiring this print or any of my work seen on my regular website.
Here's more info on the Wetlands Art Tour and Good Children Gallery, which I definitely recommend
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