Two Thousand posts. One a day.
That’s how many posts I’ve made on Storyteller.
That’s a lot.
Or, to put it another way, 5.479 Years. Or, 65.75 Months.
It wasn’t always Storyteller. And, it wasn’t always on WordPress. It started out on eBlogger. It started out as a New Mexican blog. Because that’s where I went after the storm.
But, as many New Orleanians have found out, you can’t really leave. I came back at every possible opportunity. Holidays. Mardi Gras. Celebrations. Just because. It doesn’t matter if you are from here. That really takes some time and effort. Like being in New Orleans for a couple of generations. Or, if you adopted this place once. If it gets inside you, you have to come back. I came back.
I’ve seen a lot. I’ve photographed it too. Happiness, Joy. Sadness. Rain. Water. Hurricanes. Floods. Dancing. Mardi Gras. Second Lines. Funerals. Music. I can’t even begin to list it all.
So. What to do to celebrate two thousand posts?
I really had no idea.
Then, it came to me. I’ve been back for four years. The actual return date was July 8. Close enough. Two anniversaries in one. Now, what to do? It came to me again. Pictures. Doh! But, how many? The best? The most storytelling? The most colorful? Well, my best, most colorful and most storytelling are different from yours. Besides, they change a lot depending on a lot of things.
So. I created some rules or conventions. No broken stuff. No pictures from outside of the city. No “out on the road” pictures. No pictures that didn’t weren’t about New Orleans. No nature. Sounds pretty negative, huh?
How about this?
The pictures had to be about the sense of place. The feel. The color. The sound. The heat. The people. The energy. The music. They had to give you a sense of what I feel. What I see.
These are them.
Oh yeah. Some technical issues had to be overcome and a few boundaries set. How many pictures? One for each month that I’ve been back in the city. So, 48. I had to mess with WordPress to see if I could actually publish 48 pictures at one time. Yes, I know that I have really been publishing this blog for about 66 months, but I wanted the pictures to be about New Orleans. I also tried to display these pictures as a gallery. It can be done, but you have to open them since they are no bigger than about 1800 pixels wide. That’s not very user-friendly. And, I couldn’t write enough to explain what you are seeing. So…
One more thing. These aren’t the best of four years work. Be my very definition they can’t be. I made some pretty good pictures — I thought, anyway — away from the city. These are the best 48 pictures that tell you my story. In my city. Because… all art is autobiographical. They say.
I hope this works. I hope you like it.