Since Halloween is just past and we are all now looking forward to pigging out on turkey, I thought I’d post a group of pictures that were made at various Halloween parades, but are mostly just things that I saw. I won’t load you up on masks or skulls or pumpkins. Well, not too much anyway.
First, let me just say that I’m disappointed. I went the store today. Way too much Christmas stuff already. But, I was expecting that. I was looking for Easter stuff. Where is it? In this country, retailers start selling holiday stuff as early as possible. I’m sorry to say that there was no Valentine’s Day stuff either. Whatever are we to do?
You have to understand the structure of large New Orleans parades. Like Mardi Gras parades. They have an order of operation to them. Police. Shriners, who tool around in dune buggies. Yes. These are dune buggies, not four-wheeled ATVs. A marching band. Some dancers or flag twirlers. Floats, which are mixed with more dancers, bands and flag twirlers. Finally, the fire department.
The light was fading fast. That’s why you are seeing so many dune buggies. Bright lights. Lots of red color. Nice twilight sky. Oh, the guy with the shot gun? That really was an old shot gun. He was dressed up as some weird kind of Day of the Dead character. After all — Halloween, All Saints Day, All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead are all sort of mixed together into some strange brew of spiritual and religious holidays.
The work, itself? I just let the scene teach me how to photograph it. I helped it some in post production because I was really stretching the bounds of what a digital camera can do.