I recently organized a trip to New Orleans with a couple of a friends. Aside from just having a good time, we also got some great shots in and around the city. My friends Jeremy Mancuso and Tim Stanley rode along with me and we were joined by Andy Crawford once we arrived in New Orleans. The four of us worked non-stop to go around the city and capture as much as we could in the short weekend that we had.
Of course, being in New Orleans, we had to go to the French Quarter and shoot. I like to shoot at night in order to get the deep shadows and the patterns of lights that are cast by gas lamps and neon lights. TIme, Andy, Jeremy and I headed out to the French Quarter at about 4am one morning and walked around while capturing some the beauty of the architecture in the French Quarter. Along the way, we met some interesting people. We found it curious that the most common question that we were asked is, “What are y’all doing?” I would think that four guys walking through the city streets at night carrying cameras, tripods, lenses, extra batteries and other equipment would lend to being a clue that we were photographers, but apparently, we were still asked. When asked “Say man, what are you doing?” Tim responded, “Playing Baseball!” That became our joke for the rest of the weekend.
After walking the French Quarter for a few hours, we decided to go to Cafe DuMonde and have some beignets and coffee; afterall, you can’t go to New Orleans without stopping at Cafe DuMonde, right?
From Cafe Du Monde, we left to go to Fort Pike and meet with the manager in order to gain access to Fort Macomb. One of the many treats on this visit was that the State of Louisiana Office of the Lieutenant had permitted access to Fort Macomb, a 19th Century fort located near New Orleans. Fort Macomb was built after the British tried to take New Orleans in 1814. Constructed of Brick, the fort guards one of the many waterways that would allow ships in Lake Ponchartrain. Fort Macomb was used by the Confederacy during the War of Northern Aggression and fell to the Union in 1861. In 1867, the barracks caught fire and the fort was abandoned. Today, the fort is off limits to the public. A want to extend special thanks to Fort Macomb, the Louisiana Office of State Parks, the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and the State of Louisiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Allowing us to shoot at Fort Macomb was quite a treat and we got some great shots.
At Fort Macomb, we were greeted by Arthur Schick who took us into Fort Macomb. Arthur walked around and told us some of the history about the Fort as well as gave us an education on the local area. Arthur was a great host and at the end of our photoshoot, we asked him where we should go to lunch. Arthur recommended that we go to Rocky and Carlos in Chalmette, Louisiana. I had no idea that when I ordered the Veal and some Macaroni and Cheese, that I would receive enough food to satisfy a platoon of Marines, oh but it was so good. Upon finishing our lunch, we had to seek shelter and sleep it off. We went back tot he hotel and took a nap before going back out to get shots of the skyline of New Orleans.
We spent the rest of the weekend enjoying each other’s company and cruising all over the city to get as many shots as we could. Along the way, Tim Jeremy and I got to get to know Andy and I hope that we find a time to go shoot together again. It was great fun.
For a complete look at the shots that I was able to get in New Orleans, check out My Gallery Page.