Conscientious Zydeco

A while back I had the honor of having my Zydeco photographs featured in the Archive section of one of the most prestigious contemporary photography blogs, “Conscientious”, written and published by Jorg M. Colberg. I was only too happy to write up a paragraph on the making of each image at Jorg’s request. Actually, this blog exists because I love the challenge of writing (record reviews, musings, anything) a piece that is concise and to-the-point, yet also rich and meaningful in some way. You can see the zydeco feature here:

http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/2008/12/spotlight_rick_oliviers_zydeco_portraits/

…and read a new record review I wrote here:

http://www.offbeat.com/2011/01/01/sam-rey-sam-rey-ep-independent/

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Saints Fans Are The Craziest

With Mardi Gras right around the corner it fits that Saints fans would costume at every opportunity and Sunday’s Superdome game against the Bucs was no exception. My daughter’s soccer team got free admission to the game in exchange for handing out promo cards to entering fans, and I couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of some of the wackier costumes, like this guy known as “Fleur de Licious”:

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Lighting The Bonfire

Forty-foot flames and four miles of bonfires, there’s nothing quite like the annual “Papa Noel” bonfires they burn along the levee near Grammercy, LA. Legend has it the old Cajun Santa used them as d.i.y. navigationals back in the day. Beer, diesel, and pyromania had nothing to do with it..

Amazing, too, the stuff you overhear on a vid soundtrack; check out the lady asking for assistance for her kid because he’s “scared of the fire” (smart kid). The bottle rockets and screamers every 10 seconds add to the fun.

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Goodbye Kodachrome

Kodachrome is officially history now so we should all bow our heads for one nanosecond (since “everything moves faster now”) and mourn it’s passing, I suppose. It was truly an amazing film, both for its distinct color palette and superior archival longevity.

I still like to diddle around with digital images and artificially age them, like this snapshot of my painter friend taken on a recent quick shoot:

Rebecca With White Rose

(The backstory is that we were shooting on a busy street in front of a florist when a young employee walked up and handed her the rose. She has that effect on people of all ages.)

Kodachrome’s demise is being noted worldwide in venues like the New York Times and CBS News and I’m sure there are probably several thousand rolls tucked away in freezers that will never see the light of day until they’re tossed in the trash.

I still have a rather hazy memory of driving down LA1 many years ago in my first years as a “semi-pro” photographer (earning spending cash at the Greater Plaquemine Post while in high school, still living at my parent’s house) and hearing Paul Simon’s anthemic “Kodachrome” on the local AM radio station, thinking “OK, the girl’s bringing all sorts of color into his life…I guess”. Most of my shooting back then was on Tri-X black & white but I’d occasionally pop in a roll of Kodachrome and fumble with the slow film and shutter speeds. Everything appeared to move much slower then…maybe.

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Thy Neighbor’s House

New Orleans has more than its share of eccentrics and one of them is my neighbor, Oscar. I’ve lived here for 20 years and today was the first time I actually went inside Oscar’s house. It’s a museum of analog electronics once you get upstairs. Continue reading

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Jump for Joy with Jabari Greer

I’ve been a “people” photographer for….for a long time.  A quick hit of my website will verify this. Magazines and agencies hire me to shoot the famous and celebrated.  My friends and neighbors hire me to shoot their bands and businesses.  I don’t distinguish all that much between celebrities and normal folks; hey, we all “put our pants on one leg at a time”, right?  Recently,  Sports Illustrated hired me to shoot New Orleans Saints star cornerback, Jabari Greer, for an advertorial feature and I can honestly say that if any one of my subjects was ever capable of putting their pants on two legs at a time, it would be Jabari…

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