New Orleans is famous for its numerous carnivals and above-ground crypts. I’ve been there a few times; it’s hard not to indulge – eating and drinking too much and taking in the sights and culture. I had previously avoided many other touristy attractions But on a recent visit I acquiesced and went to Mardi Gras World and some of the cemeteries with photography in mind.
I’m hesitant to shoot what everybody shoots. Particularly when it’s photography of someone’s art. It seems wrong to me to call an image my own when the subject has been created by somebody else. My rationalization for shooting such ‘found art’ becomes unique with my choice of subject and frame. It focuses the viewer to see what I see – as a visual story. The titles I give my images can sometimes be revealing too.
Besides the many moving carnivals in the ‘Crescent City’ there are the sedentary elevated cemeteries. Some are very old. As the reader may know, I’m much attracted to photographing old things. Decaying crypts are very poignant as an example of the transience of mankind and its creations – one of my photographic themes.
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“I see the shot as a beginning, as an image I can get ‘painterly’ with – giving it visual richness, abstracting it, or making it more conceptual.
As darkroom technique has always been an essential part of the photographer’s mastery of imagery – Photoshop is my darkroom. This process of post-production enhancement completes my relationship with the image”