This musician was playing nearly all day outside Cafe du Monde In Jackson Square in New Orleans. You could hear the music a block away as you approached the cafe, our first stop every time we travel to New Orleans. After three beignets apiece…(and powered sugar scatter all over us and the table, and a large cup of coffee, we listened to the jazz player before we started our trek to the end of the French Market.
Three hours later we headed back to the cafe for more beignets and other cup of coffee. The jazz player was still there and I captured this shot at that time. In between, we sampled some pralines and shared one too. Our trips to the the French Quarter is certainly not a low calorie event. However we did walk back to the street car at the intersections of Bourbon and Canal Streets which included a stop at Bubba Gumps along the way.
The next day we were going to head to Market Street before going back home let in the afternoon. We love New Orleans!
Paris??? Vennia ??? Prague???
No. This scene was captured on Decatur Street along Jackson Square in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. This is the subject of the Photo of The Week and my blog where you will view more art scenes. The square is surrounded by horse drawn carriages, artists…and a place to rest and relax as well…and to wear yourself out walking along the rough streets and sidewalks of the quarter.
Watch out, you may trip over an artist on your journey. This scene was just captured on a late afternoon diagonally across the street from Cafe DuMonde. But it appears almost to be in Paris, or Vennia. Click on the image to see the full size.
One of the many scenes you will see when walking New Orleans’ French Quarter are the multitude of street musicians…all asking for a few coins. Many of them have dogs with them. You have seen some of them before in my my “Doorways of the French Quarter” exhibit.
This creative blog is actually showing is two different photographs of street musicians, one with a dog and one without. Dogs seem to have their own lives in the French Quarter and you will see them running all over in the quarter but not as much on Burbon Street..
To get most of the shots of street musicians you will need a good zoom lens or a good telephoto lens for your camera. It will be better if the people do not know you are taking their photos, but many times they become aware of you and may actually “act out” for you.
The first photo the dog appears to have a harness on it for a blind person. In the second photo there is no dog, but you need to spend some time looking at the musicians and their different instruments. Did you see the washboard near the suitcase? Two observers in the background are listening to the music. The bicycle is the best transportation in the quarter…other then walking.
The French Quarter is a great place to take fun photographs. Every time I go there I will see new people and new scenes, but will also notice some individuals I have seen before.
It is a fun area of the city. Keep your eyes open, have your camera set on automatic exposure and be ready to catch that next great photograph!
This Featured Photo is one of many photographs I have taken in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the past 18 months. It is typical of the scenes you see in this city that never sleeps….especially in the French Quarter. There is music everywhere on the streets.
Titled, “Doggone Good Music,” it is one of 21 which will be included in my upcoming exhibit, “Doorways of The French Quarter.” The exhibit will be held at the WUWF public broadcast radio station on the campus of University of West Florida in Pensacola.
The exhibit starts on October Monday, Oct 3, and runs through November 11th. The series of photographs was inspired by a night scene I had taken in 1968 on Burbon Street.
This scene, taken in the shade, enables all the tone and texture of the photograph to come alive. The dog appears to be enjoying the music…or is taking a nap.
It was a fun experience and is an interesting exhibit. New Orleans is always a great place to visit. All the activity is not on Burbon Street.
Normally this blog is used to help you improve your photography. This week it is to introduce a new gallery on my website: ” French Quarter Doorways,” in New Orleans.
How many times in our lives have we made a committment to finish one project right now without going off in another direction before it was finished? While working on my Mississippi River project we were spending several days in New Orleans and the French Quarter, I noticed all the differerent old doorways and the interaction of people around these doorways. I immediately decided to do a small gallery on the doorways of the French Quarter. These old buildings and their cafes, galleries and shops provide an interesting viewing experience to those people who have not been to the French Quarter…and also to those that have.
Meanwhile my River Gallery has taken a second seat to this one. But only for a few days.
I guess you could say that in the French Quarter life circulates around doorways and I have tried to provide that with this new gallery. Enjoy the doorways.