A love song for New Orleans, except in photos
April 15, 2014 11:45 AM   Subscribe


posted by brundlefly at 11:48 AM on April 15, 2014

Darn, you beat me by four minutes!

Phenomenally gorgeous photos. They really convey a feeling of New Orleans. I've only spent a week there as a tourist, but when I think of where else in the world I want to travel "back to NOLA" is at the top of my list.
posted by arcticwoman at 11:49 AM on April 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Oh, yay! Got to visit New Orleans for the first time last fall and got to meet some of the awesome mefites there, including komara. Great city, great people.
posted by rtha at 12:32 PM on April 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Great stuff, Kevin!

posted by JauntyFedora at 12:52 PM on April 15, 2014

Nice stuff. I'm not a huge fan of the way some (most) of the compositions crop the ground and look up. There's very little foreground in a lot of the landscape/cityscape shots. The Bourbon St shot, for example, could be so much better if the visual centre of the photo was at least at the third instead of being almost at the bottom of the frame. I keep wanting to point the camera down in my mind.
posted by jimmythefish at 1:14 PM on April 15, 2014

Beautiful pics, they really capture the spirit of NO!
posted by kenchie at 2:19 PM on April 15, 2014

I am not much of a photographer, but I've taken some of my favorite pictures in New Orleans. It's such a photogenic city. It's lovely to see what someone with better skills and equipment can do with it. I love the headless St. Joseph with the pocket watch, and the pumpkin skull man, particularly.
posted by EvaDestruction at 2:23 PM on April 15, 2014

I was impressed by the fog pictures, and amused by the Carver Medical Building. Wish they had called it a surgery.
posted by Cranberry at 3:10 PM on April 15, 2014

Yeah, in case anyone thought Treme was a set designer's fantasy -- no, there are large areas of the city that really do look like that.
posted by localroger at 4:07 PM on April 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

These are beautiful, and I'm painfully homesick now.
posted by a hat out of hell at 4:59 PM on April 15, 2014

Several of these are very close to my house. They're beautiful photos.
posted by Night_owl at 5:16 PM on April 15, 2014

Everyone: thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate it.

jimmythefish: I totally understand your preference there. I have a tendency to find the foreground uninteresting so I go with a sky-dominated shot, but I know that's not everyone's favorite.

Cranberry: the Carver has an incredible history as one of the first places for an African-American crowd to catch shows while venues were still segregated. As you can see in the picture I posted it moved on to other functions, and then after Katrina it languished. Fortunately it's set for a grand revival. I love driving by and seeing the new sign with all the lights, and knowing that it's bringing some positive energy to the neighborhood just down the street from me.

EvaDestruction: the pumpkin skull man is a self-portrait - like so many other New Orleanians I dabble in papier mache and that was my Halloween costume a few years back.

Night owl: I promise that wasn't on purpose!
posted by komara at 6:51 PM on April 15, 2014 [4 favorites]

komara, I have the same tendency to emphasize the sky in my compositions. I really like these.

a hat out of hell, me too! Then again, I miss New Orleans every day.
posted by brundlefly at 1:20 PM on April 16, 2014

Beautiful! Really makes me miss the city. Love those little shotguns.
posted by radioamy at 7:38 PM on April 16, 2014

Komara there is something really perfect about the heavy, real, connective, used, lived in nature of the photographs you take. I like to sit outside and think about how many thousands of people have walked down this sidewalk, how many hundreds have sat in this spot, how many tens have thought these same thoughts. I get that feeling from your photos as well.
posted by rebent at 5:43 PM on April 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

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