And, Then Again

Really young child on the scene.

Finally. I’ve managed to put together enough time to actually paint a portrait of Super Sunday . At least as I see it.

It’s about celebration and joy and energy and color. It’s a little spiritual, traditional and ritualistic.

It’s an incredible experience. When a lot of people say something like, “Only in New Orleans,” this is one event that you’ll never see anyplace else. Oh sure, a lot of cities across the country celebrate Mardi Gras Day. But, it ain’t the same.

Sometimes it’s just sad. When I lived in New Mexico, I went to Mardi Gras in Albuquerque’s Old Town. They tried. I cried. It was the most depressing Mardi Gras Day I’ve ever been to.  I realized that they didn’t understand our New Orleans culture. You see it in the food too. There are “Cajun” restaurants all over the place. I’m always disappointed. Someone once tried to foist  some meat and cheese on a hot dog bun on me. They called it a po’boy.

Yeah. Right.

At the end of the day, you just have to be in New Orleans. You have to get out of the French Quarter and into the neighborhoods. You have to eat in local food places. You have to eat our street food. You have to dance in the streets.

Whew. What a semi-rant.

Rolling up Washington.

Meanwhile, back to last Sunday’s big event. Uptown Super Sunday. These pictures are my view. Kinda. Sometimes, I miss pictures. Sometimes, I’m in the wrong place. Sometimes, I need to take a break and just sit. I let the pictures come to me, rather than chasing around trying to photograph everything. Focus on one place. Photograph the people I know. And, share my images with them.

Bang, bang, bang.
The whole tribe.
Smiling queen.

The pictures. You know what I’m going to say. F8 and be there. Photograph what you see. Don’t look for some pre-conceived subject. Let the pictures unfold in front of you. Don’t put blinders on looking for the picture you have in mind. The ones you saw in a book or online. Make other pictures. Different pictures. maybe, even better pictures.

And, that’s Super Sunday 2018.



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 or For a quick look at my work please go to

10 thoughts on “And, Then Again

  1. The colors simply knock me out! The action in your photos makes it pretty clear that New Orleans is in a category of its own! I laughed at your description of the wanna-be po’boy. That’s how I feel about tacos or tamales when we travel. I’ve learned it’s better to just wait until we get home. That last photo is just stunning!

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    1. Most tourist magazines and tour brokers say that NOLA is really a Caribbean or old European city, at least in the French Quarter. That may be the reason that we are the number one tourist destination in the country.

      Unlike po’boys taco are a regional thing. What I grew up with in California, is not what you eat in New Mexico or the Tex-Mex in Texas. Luckily, jere, we have every kind of taco since so many Latinos call this home. I can drive down a street near the airport and find all kinds of South and Central American food.


  2. Ray absolutely stunning. The lead in of the child in red followed by a mess of color and action and closing with the Smiling Queen is absolutely well done. Although I’ve not been there your photographs truly give me a feel of the event and place. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tim. I’ve come to believe one thing that an old mentor once said. Photographing any thing is best done by repetition. I’ve been back to these events so many times that I have a good idea of what to look for. That said, my last real jobs were as an old school picture editor. That’s given me a little bit of knowledge about how to select and organize pictures.


      1. I agree that selection and organizing is important to presentation. Put an exhibition up based on composition is a challenge. Organizing around a theme works but I prefer a more artistic approach when you select colors, lines, and shapes that seems to help your eye move from one image to another.

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      2. It is. But, for a person like me who thinks subject matter is the king, all of the design elements serve to enhance the subject matter.

        That said, I’m a hard media thinker. the problem with all things digital for me because I’m not a coder or programmer is that I can’t easily add shape and form to digitally published pictures.

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