Photo Lessons in New Orleans

January 2, 2014


With New Orleans being a close two and a half hour drive west of Fairhope, we always try to scoot over for a visit a few times a year. This week, we took time for a post –Christmas visit.
PhotoNola is an annual photography exhibition that takes place throughout the city. Even though the official show had ended, there were still many local galleries continuing to display the iconic images.
I have two teens who are very interested in the subject, and they were able to see their first in-person photos from famous artists like Ansel Adams, Helmut Newton,  Henri Cartier -Bresson and Yosef Karsh.
These photographs were taken by my 14 year old who is still learning to use
some of his new equipment he received for Christmas.

He captured some great moments as we strolled through the French Quarter and was very happy when I told him I would share them with you.
It’s fun to watch your children develop their hobbies.
Especially when the hobby doesn’t involve creating unusual amounts of teenage chaos.

With his deceivingly innocent charm, people were very open to allowing my son to photograph them. After asking permission, this man agreed to a few snap shots. He was eating his dinner with two pencils, like chopsticks, on the shore of the Mississippi River. He was sharing his food with his pet duck, “Bill.” The worn suitcase served as his table as well as a container for his possessions.
And do you think my husband and I saw this happen?
We had our backs turned, watching a street performance.
Parents of the year.
Thank goodness, his older brother was with him.
We gave him a good talkin’ – to, but he had been very respectful and the photo was beautiful. So, what do you do?
And that night on Canal Street, traffic was suddenly halted.
Here came the fleet of charter busses carrying the University of Alabama football team.
Ready to face the University of Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and bring in millions in tourism dollars.
Such a city of contrasts.
That’s why New Orleans is amazing.
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