The Ladies. The Kids.

The kids come out.
The kids come out.

VIP Ladies & Kids Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

Kind of an important second line. Anytime children are involved it’s an important parade. Because… they are they future. Your future. My future. Their neighborhood’s future.

It starts at Edna’s house. On South Liberty Street. In Central City. If you looked at the parade schedule and didn’t know better, you’d think this might be a smallish neighborhood parade. No way. This parade might begin on a small street, but it’s huge. The problem with a big parade starting on a small street is traffic. Their own traffic. The street just jammed with mainliners, second liners, brass bands, floats, the queens car and spectators. It wasn’t has chaotic as the parade was last Sunday. It was just hard to move around as freely as normal.  I got trapped — for a while — at the start. I got trapped behind a float. I got trapped between the two brass bands. Trapped. Trapped. Trapped.


These pictures are about the ladies and the kids. The heart and soul of this particular second line. The pictures are moments in time. As always.

Aside from the lead picture, I don’t really have a favorite although the woman looking back at me in the picture called, “Oh Mister” has just enough quirkiness to make me chuckle.

By the way, I’ve been experimenting with developing and processing styles lately. These pictures look a little flat to my eye. Flat, as in not enough color and contrast. What do y’all think?


  1. The lead picture is definitely the pick of the day for obvious reasons. Great composition on that one – it’s a striking image. The first of the next four is kinda interesting.

    I think there’s plenty of colour there that you don’t need to do much in post, as it’s a naturally vibrant scene. To me, less may have been more, and the image in the bottom left corner (the one with the kid in red) looks particularly overprocessed to me. My question is always “does it look processed?”, my goal is always to keep the punchy-ness I saw in the scene when I photographed but keep it looking natural (not that I always achieve that, and sometimes I do intentionally break that rule), especially in photojournalistic work like this.

    But that said, trying new things is a great thing to do anyway.


    1. Thank you for your comments. After I wrote the last line, I had second thoughts about the question. No matter how my lcd is calibrated, everybody else’s monitors “see” differently. So, unless you’ve poked around Storyteller then you don’t really know my work and the style that pays the bills. It’s bright, poppy and energetic. Photography is really about style and timing.

      This work is very subdued. And, I personally never care if it “looks processed.” So what if it does? At the end of the day, a picture is a picture and what matters is the photographer’s intent. After all, all art is autobiographical and most of its meaning is made by the viewer. Having said that, I spent a long, long time working as a “true” photojournalist. This work ain’t that. This is as much about me as it is about the subject. BTW, the top picture needed the most processing. 🙂


      1. I agree with you on the autobiographical nature of art, and yes, it’s a shame that work viewed online is often distorted by uncalibrated monitors (I calibrate mine for the record).

        I am sorry if my opinions offended you, I had no intention of doing anything but presenting my opinion, which I only did as you asked the question. I imagined it would be a pleasant conversation from one professional to another, and no ill-will was intended.

        I did in fact take a browse through your site, admittedly after I posted the comment.


      2. Oh. I’m not offended. I’m mostly always amused. I just read some of your personal posts. I always like to know who I’m chatting with. My mistake. Good luck in the pursuit of your MS or MA.

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  2. I thinik it all works, bright colors, subdued colors, HDR. I think you used exactly the right word in your response, intent.


    1. Thank, Robert. Just so you know, I don’t use HDR. I’m not even sure that I know how to use it. Mostly, I just control the shadows and highlights as best I can. Oh… intent? The guy who responded in such depth is a youngish photographer who is finishing his second year in a masters program. I was like him once. He’ll learn. Heh, heh.

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      1. I use fake HD sometimes, the one that is in Snapseed. When I had my full-frame I used that feature for fun on occasion. Would I use a separate program and combine different exposures in post-processing? No, only because there are easier ways to achieve a similar look. Early days, school days, are serious days, later we learn to relax. It’s all good.


      2. Yes. I suppose it’s a form of HDR; opening shadows and controlling highlights. If I were shooting slide film, I’d have to go back to the oldest technique. Synchro sunlight. Basically, under lighting with a fill flash.

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