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 heat 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.