New Orleans – A Photographic Journey (Part I)

A street car on Canal Street, which is the main drag separating the Warehouse District and French Quarter.  It’s lined with big hotels and cheeky stores with alligators wearing beads, Saints apparel, and other touristy items.

Crescent City Connection is one of those old steel bridges that connects downtown with residential neighborhoods, in this case Algiers and Gretna, located on the other side of the Mississippi River.

This is the ornate door cover of the United Fruit Company, which can be found on St. Charles Street.  O. Henry coined the term Banana Republic in honor of the neocolonial practices that fruit companies used during their operation in the beginning of the 20th Century.  In 1928 strikes broke out in Colombia and supposedly UFC asked that the military to act on behalf of their behalf–resulting in casualties and inspiring Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.

This glass sculpture can be found in the Warehouse District–which is know for art galleries and museums.

New Orleans’ neo-classical dedication to the best in the arts.

The streets of New Orleans are full of beautiful signs that catch the eye.

I personally love looking at old buildings.  It’s really easy to tear down and build new, but doing so sacrifices some of the local color.  The three pictures above are a mix of what New Orleans looks like.  The Avery Fine Perfumery has renovated a building in the Warehouse District while the other two are examples of unoccupied properties that nonetheless look look beautiful–albeit not in pristine condition.

Bums looking for help getting booze in the shade of a hotel.  It’s not the heat but the humidity!  Sweat has no where to go and over time all your clothes will become drenched.  The booze hounds and potheads of New Orleans are similar to those in San Francisco in their honesty with regards to their desire for anything that will alter their state of being.

The (wo)men of NOLA knock me out — look at her go!

Joan of Arc in the French Market.  A beautiful statue along Decatur, reminding all of the city’s bond to France.

On April 25th, 1909, a bomb exploded in the Cathedral of St. Charles.  According to folklore, the explosions was vertical–destroying the floor and ceiling but leaving the cathedral’s support structure in place.  This religious site has been used since 1718, making it the oldest continuously operating cathedrals in the United States.

Louis Armstrong Statue.  Born in 1901, Louis Armstrong helped make jazz one of the most important artistic movements in the 20th Century, which of course started in New Orleans.  This statue, and the one below, can be found at the Armstrong park just off Rampart (along with one of the oldest above ground cemeteries).

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One Comment on “New Orleans – A Photographic Journey (Part I)”

  1. soulsongsharonlee
    August 16 2012 at 4:47 am #

    Atmospheric and enticing.

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