And, All The Rest

The eyes.

On that day.

Mardi Gras Day 2019.

After the wedding. The tribes, gangs or krewes gathered on the street and headed out, making their way through Central City just as other groups of Indians were making their way around Mid-City, Treme and The Lower 9th Ward.

As much as Mardi Gras is about all of us, it is really about them. And, the Zulus. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. They are the soul of the city, especially on Mardi Gras Day.

It is a generational thing. Young Indians come aboard as older Indians make way for them. If you look at the very bottom picture, on the right, that is Tahj Williams, a young Tulane Student who is also a queen. She is on the cutting edge of suit design. Her’s are lighter, easier to move around in, and very well done. One of her suits was featured in Vogue Magazine a year or two ago.

At the end of the day, this is about life. The good. The bad.

The pictures. Oh, you know. See it, photograph it. Yes, there is some experience involved. And, a great deal of luck. Photographer’s luck. And, a little prayer. If I can work when something bad happens, I can work when something good happens. Like a wedding.

A queen’s portrait.
All the young queens.

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, All The Rest

    1. Thank you Tim. It really is a case of working there so much that the Indians know me and that makes it easier to make pictures.

      An old friend of mine just retired from the Sacto Bee. He came to me out of school. He developed into a great photographer. Man! I feel old.


      1. Jose Luis Villegas. He went from the Orange County Register (with me) to the San Jose Mercury – News and finally to Sacto, where is family is from. In those days, they were three great newspapers.


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