Reaching in the summertime.

A summerish picture.

A picture that is about the good things in the summertime. Vibrant greens. A clear blue sky. Glowing light.

Of course, this being Southeast Louisiana, wait about 30 minutes and the sky will turn gray. Storm clouds will form. And, heavy rain will fall. Sideways.

I awoke this morning to a New Orleans Parish bulletin. Apparently during the night a power station caught fire. The city is already down 14 water pumps. Now, the rest of them are down west of the Industrial Canal. I’m not even sure where that is. Around here we say stuff like upriver, downriver, lake side, river side.

Actually, I have a pretty good idea where that is. It’s the rest of the city from the Lower 9th Ward to Uptown. We are expecting a pretty big storm later today. The mayor is telling everyone to stay off the street. Orleans Parish schools are closed. Private schools are closed. Keep in mind, school started on Monday for most students. This reminds me of the Katrina year. Schools were in session for about two weeks. Then, they weren’t. For about a year or two.

Quite frankly, with all the flooding lately, everything reminds me of the Katrina year.  Like many of us, I suppose that I’m suffering from a little PTSD when it comes to floods. I should do something about it. Take a few pictures. I said that I was done with that at the 10th Anniversary of the storm. You know. When every kind of media descended on New Orleans like a pack of jackals and got most things wrong.

Maybe I’m not done with it. Yet.

Besides, making pictures is great therapy.

This picture. I just saw the glowing leaves in the morning sun. I cropped the picture into a square because I couldn’t control the direct highlights caused by shooting into the sun. I don’t make many square pictures. The old school photographer in me says that square images lack conviction. Of course, when Instagram was brand new on the scene, they forced you into a square picture. That changed when working photographers figured out a way to mask squares into normal rectangular shapes. Now, with locations being advertised as being Instagrammable, people with smartphones are forgetting to live their lives and have fun.


Did I say that?


2 Replies to “Reaching”

  1. It must be very strange to experience conditions that remind you so strongly of Katrina. Once you have so personally experienced a catastrophe of that proportion I don’t know how you turn away from the PTSD effect. I think directing available energy to your art is a good focus! The leaves at the top of the photo, standing out against the brilliant blue, makes me think of beautiful stained glass. I really like this piece!

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    1. Debra, generally I’m fine, as our most of the people we know. But, we’ve had two “100 Year Storms” in the last two weeks. The city’s general lack of work ethic and ethics have left us almost defenseless during the height of hurricane season.

      Interesting that you see the picture as stained glass. I saw it that way as I was working on it. Thank you.


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