Summer light in the residential side of The French Quarter.

Quiet times.

Normally The French Quarter is noisy. People are walking around in all states of decay. Some are tired. Some are lost. Many are drunk.

Every now and then, you can find a beautiful stillness on the old cobbled streets. Both times of day have golden light and long shadows.

The most predictable time is early morning. The partiers are finally home. The tourists aren’t out and about. Only service people are working. And, me.

Or, during golden hour around dusk.

Pick your location. If you are in the residential end of the Quarter, you might see this scene. If you are on Bourbon Street you might as well join in with the revelers. Or, photograph them.

Since light is key, so are times of day. Time of day may change forever in Louisiana since we are one of 19 states that are asking Congress to let us drop Standard Time. Arrrggg.

Stay safe. Enjoy every fried egg.

The downriver area of The French Quarter is more residential than party town.
The downriver area of The French Quarter is more residential than party town.

Whenever tourists come to New Orleans, they head straight to The French Quarter. For many first timers, The French Quarter is New Orleans. In fact, a friend of mine once told me that she walked “all of New Orleans” in just two days. Huh? I couldn’t figure it out. That is, until I met her for lunch… in The French Quarter and listened to her describe where she walked. Then I knew. In her mind, The Quarter was the entire city. Yes. You could walk the entire Quarter in two days. Sheesh, you could walk it in a half day. Less, if it’s not in the ┬áheat of summer. But, that’s not all of New Orleans. Orleans Parish, which is New Orleans, is 350.2 square miles. Nobody is going to walk that in two days. On the other hand, The French Quarter is .66 Square Miles. Easily walkable in a short period of time.


The Quarter may very well be as much about a place to live as it is to party. At certain point as you walk downriver from Canal Street you start to realize that there aren’t so many stores, not so many people and certainly not so much carrying on. That’s it. You’ve reached an area that is more residential than business. So. One night as I was walking back to my car, I started to photograph the quietness of the residential area. I still had a little light and I thought, “why waste it?” This is one of the pictures that I made. It’s a quiet picture. If you open it up and look at the details, you can see lights on courtyard balconies. You can see the placement of the streetlights. You can even get a sense of the quietness. For me, it’s sort of an accidental picture. I normally don’t work in this section of the French Quarter. But, it’s where I always park.