Moonrise over The Mississippi River. An accidental picture. The “needs gas” light came on about a mile from home. I made a turn to get to a gas station and saw this scene. Sometimes when I work on just “finding stuff,” I use one lens and one camera body. Yep. That’s what I had. The lens was a 16mm. Very wide. Usually, too wide for a full moon shot. I had to try. This is the result.
New Orleans. Late Winter 2015.
I took this picture less than 24 hours ago. At the time, the temperature was 81 degrees. Now, it is 29 degrees. At least, we don’t have snow and ice on the ground like so many other places in the country.
This is the Crescent City Connection with the bare trees of winter, photographed from Algiers Point with the Mississippi River drifting by in the background.
New Orleans. Winter 2015.
When the seasons change.
Winter is hanging on. Spring is fighting to break through. The temperature will be around 80 degrees today. Tomorrow? Around 40 degrees. Probably for the rest of the week. A 40 degree drop is huge. Here. Anywhere.
For the folks who already saw this on Facebook or Twitter via Instagram, sorry about that. Enough of you liked it well enough, that I thought I should show it to those of you who mostly follow my work on Storyteller. Mama said there would be days like this.
New Orleans. Very late winter 2015.
When I published the pictures of the Hot 8 brass band yesterday, I realized since this second line is called the VIP Ladies and Kids Social Aid and Pleasure Club, that I’d better publish some pictures of the kids. Not to worry. I’ll publish pictures of the ladies tomorrow.
Brass Bands. The heart of a second line. Maybe the heart of most events in New Orleans. Although they may look a little loose and chaotic, these guys work a lot and can play in minutes. No on street rehearsals. No sound checks. No second chances.They just pick up their instruments and play. Music. Big brass music.
This is Hot 8. They are high in the ranks of brass groups. They get around. They tour. They record. They bring New Orleans music to the rest of the country.
By now, it might not be “Der No Mo’.”
The last time I photographed this place was around last fall. I’m sure you remember the pictures. Or not. Lots of pictures being posted on the internet every day. Hard to remember one from the other.
I returned last Sunday. I found that yellow paper tacked to what was the front door. It’s a legal notice. A hearing was held 29 January 2015. The first move was for the city to assume property rights. The next move is to tear this place down.
It was one of the clubs that helped give birth to rock n’ roll. It matters. At least, to me.
I’d love to see this building remain standing. Until I went inside. It took some courage on my part. Luckily, two women in their late 60s wanted to go inside. I went in with them. They were my protection. They were from Texas.
These pictures are what I saw. There is no restoration for this place. It’s pretty much done. I am so sorry.
One day it’s cloudy. One day it’s bright. One day it’s cold. One day it warms up.
Then, there are the hourly changes.
That’s Southeast Louisiana.
Enjoy it while you can.
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