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Gallery Eighty-nine: A long weekend in the Big Easy



In travel photography, much can depend on the amount of actual shooting time that may be available to us. On some of my trips, I’ve had a full month to live in a place and come to know its people, customs, sights, and structures. On others, a few weeks might have to suffice. Every now and then, I can even go to a place for only a couple of days yet still come away with a reasonable number of expressive photographs.

Such was the case when I recently traveled to New Orleans in off-season – after the holidays and before Mardi Gras. I had photographed in this colorful city before, so was well aware of its possibilities. Yet I had only had a long weekend -- a late afternoon upon arrival plus two more full days in the city -- to take advantage of those opportunities. During that time, I made about a thousand images within only a few blocks of our hotel in the heart of the city’s famous French Quarter. I edited those down to 50 possibilities, and display exactly 21 of those here as a photographic essay. This is a small gallery, representing a short trip, yet in terms of subject matter, changing weather conditions, and quality of light, these images offer a significant amount of variety. Each of these images tells its own story, and together they culminate in an expressive photographic essay on one of the America’s most colorful locations.

As always, I organize the gallery in blog style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see the image in full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions and will be delighted to respond.