Homeward Through The Haze


I took a walk.

I saw this little scene. Bathed in golden light. Morning light. There was little I could do. I photographed it for you. For me. I worked on it some. Not that much. Here it is.

Louisiana. In late spring.

You’ve heard this from me in the past. Things seem to be spinning out of control Around here it got worse.

There were two newspapers in town. The Advocate. The Times-Picayune. The Advocate, which started life in Baton Rouge, bought its competition. In thirty days the papers will be blended. In sixty days, the staff of the T-P will be terminated. A lot of my friends will lose their jobs.


I haven’t worked for a newspaper in years. Thirty years to be exact. But, I meet a lot of reporters and photographers on the street. The things that I normally photograph draw a lot of media coverage. I’m sad for these folks. Some are young. They’ll recover. Maybe not in print journalism. But, some other kind of online reporting. Or, they’ll join the wonderful world of freelance.


This picture is a kind of peaceful image. One that gives anybody who sees it a little respite from the overall craziness and polarization of 2019.


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  1. Good afternoon Ray. This one caught my eye. Beautiful lighting. It’s just so amazing how nature’s light can make an ordinary tree look so brilliant.
    I’m have a rough go at the unemployment game myself. Not feeling to good about myself these days and I am anxious about a job fair that I’m suppose to attend. It’s a different world out there in this working world and I’m afraid I’m not up to date with the Times of today’s technology.
    Thanks for all your beautiful and interesting photos and stories
    Liz Carter,Tucson, Az

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    • You. Are welcome. It won’t take long for you to learn. Job fairs are really just an entry point. Don’t worry about it so much. What kinds of jobs are you looking at?


  2. I also mourn the loss of each and every newspaper that folds! My brother just retired from the Los Angeles Times after a 40-year career, and for the last 15 at least, he was aways sure he wouldn’t have a job at the end of each year. He was one of the lucky ones. It’s hard to watch the changes and see people losing their jobs along with the loss of our ability to depend upon consistent reporting. It’s really sad to me.


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