There’s nothing better than a night of art and photowalking through the New Orleans French Quarter, and that’s what I got to do with my wife the other night. The DesCours 2009 exhibits of architect-inspired art installations was last week in New Orleans, a series of nighttime-only installations in secret courtyards and other locales not generally open to the public. We were going on the last night of the 4-day-only event and the night was thick with fog, thick enough that I needed a rag over the camera for protection.
The French Quarter is a starkly beautiful, mysterious place at night anyway, but adding in the fog made this night one to remember.
Knowing that this evening of walking would be as much about art and socializing as photography, I did what I always do when faced with too many attractive choices: I simplified. I put my 50mm f2.5 Canon macro on a camera body, stuck in a big flash card and walked out the door. I’d see things with the 50 and figure out how to shoot things with the 50, or move on. I’ve always found this to be a great strategy: construct some walls to your playpen and you’ll really find out how to shoot inside that playpen.
What follows are some photos from that foggy, artsy photowalk. It was all free: you walked from site to site, coming upon obscure addresses, no one around, then you’d enter to discover a party of like-minded art lovers checking out the venue. We saw some really cool installations, things that were imaginative in their use of their respective spaces with lots of great lighting to help define those spaces. I made some pictures, some of which follow. We came upon a Chanukah Second-Line band, making its way through the outdoor tables of our famous Cafe du Monde coffee shop. All in all, a magical night of art and photography!
Related Posts: Video on Descours at NOLA.com
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