Childhood Delight

Little mister.

I don’t always photograph an event for its own sake. I love to look around before and after the event. Sometimes what I find is more interesting than the event itself.

That might be especially true with second lines. They are unique to New Orleans. They have very special individual characteristics. After photographing them for seven years, I’ve come to know a lot about each of them. I’m still learning.


If I were to review my collection of images in one long session, and step away from the tiny details of each second line, the pictures start blending into something that looks all the same. I can only imagine how it must be for you, my readers and friends.


I think it’s time to stop sharing them. You know I can make some reasonable images from the middle of what amounts to a rugby scrum. I know I can too. But, what if I turned that energy to something else? I really haven’t roamed the streets of New Orleans in a long while. The city is unique and interesting enough that it could keep me busy for years. I kind of stopped doing that because I thought, “I’ve been there, I’ve been there, and…” Maybe that’s wrong. Things always change.

I’m kind of thinking out loud, but I do have other image interests. I’d better explore them.

The picture. I can’t resist a happy child. I managed to nail the exposure so that you can see his eyes through his cool sunglasses. Check them out. He’s happy just to be right at the front of the second line. His smile confirms that. His auntie, right behind him, has my business card. I hope she reaches out. They should have this picture.


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  1. Thank you. I’ve got a few more from this second line. The thing to really know about our culture is that there are so many little tiny details that nobody care about outside of NOLA. I will do what I used to do… 🙂


  2. HI, Long time. Everything happened in UK. Blogging had to be postponed and will be for a few more weeks. I am always up for change and reviewing past work and ideas. Same here – time to make some radical alterations and liven up the daily grind. Feel I have been away too long. Hope the backs ok. Mine has been ok. The new mattress helping.

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    • Hi. I hope you are feeling better. I changed a lot of things including retiring from the daily grind of assignment work. My back is remarkably better because my doc changed my meds. Not only did it help my pain, but it cleared my head. After all that’s happened in this country I’m ready to move to France.


  3. What a beautiful child, and I, too, hope that auntie reaches out! I think the family would be thrilled. I think whatever you choose to photograph and share you have a way of making quite interesting. You live in such an incredibly fascinating and I would say completely unique city. And each photo does seem to tell a story.

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    • Thank you. Most of the people that I interact with don’t reach out because they think I’m going to charge them for a picture. I never do. I think if the person didn’t let me take the picture, I would have it.


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