New Orleans Without Color / by Hope A

my dancing shoes

my dancing shoes

I brought a camera to New Orleans, I even checked the batteries before I packed it. And then it stayed in my bag for my entire visit. Most of the time, I wanted to just be with my friends, ride around, not answer the phone, not check my email.  Aside from arranging meet-up times with busy friends, mostly it worked.

My first day in town, my friend Matt Runkle made a facebook challenge. Normally I ignore these, I duck in the internet corners so I don't get picked. But this one was about posting five black and white photos in five days.  It was a challenge I was willing to participate in. I love color photos. Phone cameras and apps have improved, making it easier and easier to take lovely square images. I used to own a poloroid camera .  The colors and instananeos nature of poloroid was appealing.  Also the physical photo that emerged, to be tucked into a notebook, or glued to a journal cover.  With all the instagram fanciness, it was nice to focus on composition with the same instant results.  I took a few photos that didn't work in black and white, but here are the five I chose. I posted them on facebook but I thought they were nice all together. Maybe I will start taking more.

two against one.

two against one.

woke at 6 am.

woke at 6 am.

the industrial canal from the end of the world

the industrial canal from the end of the world

end of the world graffiti

end of the world graffiti