Coming Out


Taking it to the streets.

Gold and Brown.

Those are the Good Fellas colors for the 2018 – 2019 second line season. You could see them coming.

Joyful colors. Fall colors.

They came down the long ramp at the Eiffel Society. You could see them there. They came down the stairs. You could see them there. They hit the streets. You could you see them there.

Like Mardi Gras Indians, and the Baby Dolls they wear suits. Not costumes. Costumes are what “civilians” wear for Halloween. And Mardi Gras.

That matters.

Guys like me can wear shorts, light t-shirts, running shoes. These guys can’t. They won’t. Their suits are heavy. Their collars are heavy. Their feathers are heavy.

Heavy equals hot. At least this time of year.

Even in cooler months, their sweat drips down their faces. I’ve said it before. These guys are my heroes. I can’t do what they do. They’d laugh if I told them that. For them it’s just part of their deal. Their honor. Their pride. Their dedication to their neighborhood.

Read below for picture information.

The tuba starts it at the Eiffel Society.

The pictures. Yesterday I wrote that I finally got smart. I guess I did. By staying on the ground I was able to photograph the children’s division. Then, I circled back and worked my way through the crowd to make these pictures.

See those two Good Fellas on the long bridge? Photographers go out there. One is on the bridge in the picture. Likely, he’s working for them. If you are out on the bridge when the second line comes off and onto the street you are trapped behind them.

That’s a good teaching point.

Never put yourself in a place in which you can be trapped. A few years ago, friend of mine opted to work from a construction bucket. The kind you see on electric power trucks. The truck broke down. The power to the bucket failed. The bucket was stuck about 25 feet in the air. By the time it was repaired, the entire event that he was covering was over. He made one good picture and a lot of similars, but that was it. He was angry. His editor was disappointed.

All in feathers.

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.

8 thoughts on “Coming Out

      1. Musicians mostly care about the sound. Mostly. I knew a guitarist who had a small amp with a pretry neat blue light on it. I told him I loved the light, but wasn’t sure what it did, since I could identify the other things he needed, and indeed, owned. He told me he didn’t know what the amp did, but wasn’t that blue light just so cool? I had to agree.

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      2. My musician cares about sound and the look of a thing. That’s why when she gets up from the piano to play a little electric guitar, she plays a Fender Mustang. Aside from the neck being shorter, she really likes the shape and the weight, which is really light.

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