The Best of This Place


Another best of collection.

This time it’s locations. Places. Cities. Nature. Details.

As I was reviewing this work, a thought struck me. So much of it is either weather driven or made at the edges of the day. I just don’t take many pictures at high noon. I’ve preached about that enough in the past. Even the picture of the pick up truck in The Bywater was made before ten o’clock in the morning. Is this the only way to work? Not necessarily. But for me it is. For me, it’s a sort of rule. Yeah. Sure. When I photograph events, like a second line parade, I have no choice. But so much of my work is not driven by schedules. Even when the work is commissioned, I try to build a little extra time into my shoot list to work when I’m pretty sure the light will be at its best.

So. To recap what I wrote yesterday, Today is about locations. Many of these pictures were made on the way to some place else. Tomorrow is about the local Mardi Gras culture. New Year’s Day is a free day. I have no idea what the picture will be. That’s the joy of this blog.There are many days when I have no idea what I’m going to post until I do it. On other days, it is part of a bigger plan. Or, something like that.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

15 thoughts on “The Best of This Place

  1. Wonderful series of images. The light before ten and after 4 seems to be the best time to shoot and it gives you the midday to nap. In the muggy summers napping is an opportunity not to be passed up.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tim. Color is how I see. Yes, you are right. Sometimes a nap. Sometimes a little research about wherever I am. Sometimes, I just sit, sip a coffee and let pictures come to me. 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome, Ray. You’ve got an excellent eye for color. Then living in New Orleans does foster color awareness. I lived in Alexandria for 5 years and would be in New Orleans fairly often.
        I also lived in Taiwan for many years and nap time was almost mandatory.

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      2. A little personal history. I was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Los Angeles, lived in a lot of places including Shanghai for a year and Hong Kong for six years. Nap time was sometimes needed, but mostly I really don’t sleep in the afternoon.

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