Thursday, June 30, 2005

Store No 2


StoreNo2, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

Here's another shot from the store I wasn't supposed to take pictures of.

I don't quite understand voodoo. It's a little bit crazy and a little bit common sense. It's fluffy (and upside down) crosses mixed with little dolls, yet it's almost Christian in a lot of ways. It's scary, yet it's been around for ages, and is even an "old standby" for some folks. It's familiar and exotic right at the same time, and in the same ways.

I think that, in some ways, you take better pictures of stuff that you don't understand. There's a quizical nature to photography-it's almost as if, by shooting something, by taking its picture, you start to understand it-and all the world's puzzles, myths, and mysteries unravel before your very eyes, simply because you pushed a shutter button. Sometimes I feel that way anyway.

I didn't photograph tons of voodoo on my trip, but I enjoy looking at what I did shoot. It's fun for me.

In a fluffy cross, upside down, little doll kind of way, that is.

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Alter No 1


AlterNo1, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

I've been asked and have sort of prepped a Photoshop tutorial. I guess you could say that it's going to be good, because I can train folks on how to avoid stuff like this (ok, maybe not.) I've gone so "abstract" lately, I don't even recognize what it is that I've been shooting. I love it though-I've always been fond of the abstract.

I have no big plans for the weekend, other than to get some sleep and get caught up on some stuff. I want to run some Polaroids this weekend, if I get a chance, plus my agent is coming down from Dallas to meet with me.

Hopefully, he'll have some good ideas about how to market my work. It's always scary meeting with folks like that, because you get a feel for how much more you should be doing. I was never very good at the marketing stuff. I prefer to just take pictures. But that's me-some folks are marketing geniuses.

There were some chocolate cup cakes on the baked goods cart today, so I had my fill. That and I've brought in some sweet tarts. I don't know why but, somehow, I've been on an extreme sugar kick the past few days. It's like calorie city in my belly today, I need to like go out and ride a bike or something.

If only it weren't a balmy 102 in the shade. I know, I can blame my blurry abstract stuff on all the sweat dripping into my eyes. Yeah, that's it.

Until next time...

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Hood Ornament for the Death Mobile


DarknessGoat, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

Today, I went to Schlotzsky's for lunch. This is normally not that much of a big deal, except for the fact that I rode over with Brian, a fellow from work. Brian has some kind of a fancy hand-made 9 million horsepower Honda, which I've since named "the death mobile." It's about 2 inches off the ground, rumbles louder than Jackie Chan in the Bronx, and routinely takes corners at 40 per. Zoom zoom, my ass, he might as well spare the coroner the extra step and drive around in a hearse.

This picture was taken inside a store, where they weren't too happy about me taking pictures. Oh well. (Maybe they'd prefer a lift in the death mobile?)

It has flourescent lighting and what appears to be some kind of devil in it. Somehow, I think that, if I ever go to Hell, there will be flourscent lighting there-it just is all that ugly when photographed.

That and Brian'll be the chauffer.

Zoom zoom.

Until next time...

Monday, June 27, 2005

Old House No 1


OldHouseNo1, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

When in New Orleans, in part of the French Quarter not too far from Canal Street, we happend upon this place. It looked like an old house that somebody was restoring or, at least, doing some work on.

Wow. What can I say? It wasn't quite Halloween but boy did we sure find a place that was haunted. I am including this in with my voodoo series simply because, just like the voodoo, it gives me the willies just thinking about it.

Strange thing too, about this place, across the street was a fancy hotel. I don't just mean fancy, I'm talking like, "The Fairmont" fancy-complete with a doorman and a valet. I wonder what the view out of your suite would look like if you were facing this place. I know I'd never sleep, 800 count sheet set or not.

Went to Manuel's with Kathy and Steve today. The food was good, we sat outside under the big shady oak tree and chatted a bit. Kathy came back from sailing and told us about it. Steve told us about his cats and how work is going.

Lately, it seems everybody's been traveling a lot. Either getting back, going to, coming from, or what have you. Feels like it's just a good time to be a photographer. It's been fun seeing all this work, coming in from places afar, and plotting my own personal "next" journey.

This weekend I made some serious progress on my compact flash from New Orleans. I got through a lot of it, burning it to CD, making contact sheets, copying files, and the like. I'm down to about 5 CD's worth of material to go. I'll keep a count and a running total here so that it'll force me to work on it, and report my "progress" (or, worst case, lack thereof.)

What's really driving me is that the 4th of July is coming up and I don't want to spend the holiday burning compact flash and making contact sheets. I want (actually need) some sleep.

Now, I'm just sort of happy I don't have to sleep in this place (or, for that matter, at "The Fairmont" across the street.)

Until next time...

Friday, June 24, 2005

Lucky Dogs


LuckyDogs, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

It's Friday and you may already be a weiner so, like, here's a picture for you. (The guy was just sitting so still while the car went buy and I just loved the hot dog cart so, click, there you go!)

No big plans for this weekend, only going to another photo/art workshop (this one on "Marketing your Artwork") and hopefully staying out of the sun. It's just been too hot to do too much of anything lately.

I still have not gone through all the Compact Flash from New Orleans. I need to finish making contact sheets and put those flash cards up (get them ready for Santa Fe, Mexico, California, or whatever hell hole ends up next up on my list.) I was also going to try to finish putting together my art bins, so I could finally organize my artwork a bit. I currently have it in bags from The Container Store and, well, let's just say that's hard (on me and on the bags.)

I have so much on my to do list, it's crazy. Next week too is the 4th of July, and I get a day off, so I want to have a lot of stuff done before then. I don't want to waste my holiday (it may very well be the only one this year where I'm not traveling) cleaning or putting stuff up in the house, rather than doing important stuff (like sleeping-yeah, sleep!)

Last week, I was "honorary" bartender, since our usual bar keep had car troubles and did not make it back from lunch. It was stressful, but kind of fun. I don't know how to make many mixed drinks, but I think that I held the fort down long enough for our usual bartender to get his battery recharged.

I can't wait for the 4th of July, so that I can recharge mine.

Until next time...

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Hat Shop At Night No 1


HatShopAtNightNo1, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

Yes, I know, it's more New Orleans at night. But, what do you expect? I shot like 14 G of compact flash while I was there and it's been 100 degrees since I got back. I'm not going out shooting in this heat.

I loved this hat shop. I photographed it a few times, in a few different ways. They just had some really pretty, white hats and some really odd looking manequins in the window, with killer eyeliner and all (think "racoon eyes" and you're close.) It's not as abstract as the rest of my work, but I kind of like it.

I've been on an abstract impressionistic kick as of late (in case you couldn't tell.) Even some of the folks I work with have noticed it, from casually viewing flickr. Lately anyway, I've been using the lensbaby (and my eye, I guess-I always try to use that) in such a way that I've turned myself into more of a frustrated painted than a photographer. To say it simply, "everything's blurry" in my little world these days.

When I was at the photoshop workshop last weekend, the instructor kept saying that, "there's reality and then there's photoshop." I don't even get anything resembling "reality" when I shoot, imagine what photoshop'll do to it.

Flying pig anyone? (And something tells me that pig is going to have some bad ass "racoon eyes.")

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Blue Window No 1


BlueWindowNo1, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

I feel like this guy-dead yet somehow still smoking.

I'm really tired today. I don't know why, I got some sleep last night, but I'm really feeling under the weather. Maybe it's just allergies. I'm having a coke to try to pick me up a bit.

One of the fellows I work with, Brian, (yes, it's the same fellow who painted his finger nails a few weeks back-I hear he's going for pink toes next) was kind of disappointed last Friday because I didn't blog about him all that much. This blog's for you, Brian. Now, go get your nails done. Again. (Please.)

The not-so-evil-baked-goods-people-who-also-drink-heavily-and-sometimes-write need to feed the bolting ladies some chocolate. It's been a while. They are getting desperate.

Soon, we'll ALL look like this guy (except for Brian, he'll look like this guy with pink nails)

And that, my friends, won't be too good, pink chocolate or not.

Until next time...

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Triple Arbor No 1


TripleArborNo1, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

This is from a "secret garden" we found on Sunday morning in the French Quarter. I think it was some kind of restoration home, that one could tour for a small fee. We happened upon the place on Sunday morning, when it was closed and they were watering the gardens. The sprinklers were on a bit, the light was overcast, and it was one of the more interesting finds from the trip. They had a maze garden, a fountain, as well as this statue and arbor setup.

Yesterday, a fellow I work with was chatting with me, and we happened upon the subject of focal rings, scale lines, and hyperfocal focus. I left the conversation thinking that, "well, I don't need to know any of that anymore, now I mostly use the lensbaby and just squeeze now a days." This shot reminds me why I was wrong.

Sure, it's "soft" but it's also "focused." It's possible for an image to be both-the subject matter and the lighting conditions make it appear "soft" but the sharpness of the lens, coupled with the selection of a sufficient focal plane, serve to make it "sharp." Sometimes, if you are lucky, you *can* have your cake and eat it too.

This house was, I'm not making this up, across the street from a convent. (Yes, that kind of a convent and no, I didn't see any nuns walking about. It was, afterall, sunday morning. They were probably all busy doing whatever it is that nuns do on sunday mornings, besides, of course, watering "secret gardens.")

I'm not going to touch this, other than to say that, yes, I actually saw and took pictures of a convent. (It had a cool roof, with a cross on it, and the clouds were cool behind it, ok?)

In case you are wondering, yes, I stayed on the outside looking in (for the most part. :~)

Until next time...

Monday, June 20, 2005

Hamburger Stand No 2


HamburgerStandNo2, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

This was taken at a "Fat Boy" Burger place, on the corner of Decatur Street in New Orleans.

Interesting thing about this place, I went in to get a drink, thinking I could grab a "fast" iced tea, and it was the virtual equivalent of pulling teeth. It took the guy like 20 minutes to make change for a 5 dollar bill and hand me an empty cup. (Note to self: if you ever go back, avoid this place, unless you are taking pictures.)

I don't eat burgers and have no idea how long it would take them to kill a cow and grill the results. I'm guessing a month or more but, eat at your own risk, if you know what I mean.

I selected this shot because it had the ATM machine in it and I sort of liked the green glow coming from the back (to the right.) Lucky shot too, the next night, there were a lot of people eating there, no empty tables, and I would not have been able to pull something like this off. I got three shots off, all of which were to my liking, the night happened along.

They had this interesting "mister" system that was supposed to keep you from getting too hot. It kept me from getting too close. That's ok though, because I kind of like the "distance" aspect of this shot. You feel like all the action is on the other side of the railing and that kind of fits the shot. I don't think I got any water on me, which is good.

I attended a Photoshop tutorial this weekend, which was quite nice. It was interesting to meet and hang out with some other photographer type folks, for a brief period, when it's just too hot to shoot.

I've started to plan "shooting season" for the fall, and started to think about all the stuff I want to shoot, once the weather turns nice again. I have a semi-long list, but it's entirely in the realm of "possible" if you know what I mean.

Until next burger joint...

Friday, June 17, 2005

Accordion Player and Friend


AccordionPlayer, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

This is my entry for the "Nerdy" photo friday competition. (You can vote for my entry if you would like, by following the "photo friday" link, over to the "photo friday" website. My name is "carol" and I'm entry number 288.)

I have yet to win a photo friday competition, but I like to enter them because they get me to think a bit, plus they are just fun. I try to enter every week, but don't always make the cut. This week, I wasn't sure I had anything for "nerdy" because, well, even my accordion player and his little friend are not really what I would call "nerdy" but, I guess, they are close enough (well, about as close as I come anyway. I mean, he is sorta playing the accordion and all.)

Speaking of coming close, I was talking with somebody about all the states in the US that I've visited. I came up with the following list (in no particular order:) Maine, NH, Vermont, Mass, Rhode Island, NY, Conn, NJ, Penn, Delaware, Virginia, West VA, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, LA, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Cali.

I did not count states where I've only visited the airport, bus stop, or train station (those don't count, really.) My list is none too long, but it's not only like 3 either, and I am trying to add to it as fast as I can.

Until next time...

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Carriage In the Rain


CarriageIntheRain, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

Here's yet another shot from the French Quarter in the rain.

I was shooting the building, when this carriage pulled up in front of me. I thought to myself, "no way am I going to get so lucky that this carriage is going to stop right in front of me so that I could take a picture of it." It stopped, I shot, I tried to take another shot, but then it moved. I'm glad my first composition wasn't too bad. I like the added touch of the umbrella.

I added a little blur to this one in Photoshop, but not too much. It wasn't raining all that hard when it was taken but still, it sort of has that look. The lensbaby doesn't hurt any either, as it tends to soften things up a bit. It has the "vibe" of the carriage in the rain, and that's really what I was going for anyway, so I'm happy with it.

I'm listening to this very poetic song about the Sahara. "...and if we burn away, I'll pray to skies above, for snow to fall on the Sahara..." That's about how I feel right now. It's slated to get to a balmy 102 today in River City, with no rain it sight. The heat's really getting to me-it's peak sweat season and has become difficult, if not impossible, to stay cool Unless, of course, you stay inside, in the a/c, then you freeze (or do as I do and take to wearing a parka.) It's difficult too, to find a parka that's suitable for summer wearing (ask me, I know.)

Hard to believe that, just a few weeks ago, I was drenched and right by the ocean. What's the old expression? When it rains....oh yeah.

Until next raindrop...

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Posters Galleries


PostersGalleries, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

This was taken on Memorial Day, in the rain, in the French Quarter. I like what the rain does to the sidewalks, but I'm not certain if I like the truck or not. I'm leaning towards not, but that's just me. I tend to not like visual clutter. Still, this is kind of a not bad shot, since it shows off a little bit of the street, and I like the look of the neon in the poster gallery.

I went gallery/museum hopping this weekend, and caught Annie Leibotwitz's show at the Austin Museum of Art downtown. I wanted to say a few words about there here.

Since most of you reading this probably know me (or perhaps, for those of you who don't) you know that I tend to be positive and upbeat about photography and art in general. If I happen upon something I don't like, sure I'll voice an opinion, but I just sort of "move on" and "get over it" pretty quickly. My lifespan on this planet is just too short for me to fuss over what I consider mediocre artwork or things that are not to my taste.

Fast forward to Annie L.'s show. I'm not a fan of her work. I never have been, and never will be. I just don't like it. I don't know how else to describe it, I just don't care for it. Some people like red, some like blue (if it helps, think of it like that.) Chalk it up to personal taste, and just move on, I've got better things to do then to rant and rave about how bad an art show is.

Even having said that, it wasn't a bad show. There were about 4 or 5 pieces in it that I actually really liked and I personally enjoyed seeing a modern female photographer present an exhibition of that size and importance in my town. It was refreshing, even if I didn't care for every last image in the lot. It was worth seeing.

(I have a better shot of BB King then she presented, but her shot of Preservation Hall came out pretty sharp and, I'd have to admit, she did much better than I did on that one.)

Sometimes, you can find inspiration in the strangest of places, if you look hard enough and, sometimes, you just have to learn to appreciate what's in front of your face. (What's that they say about lemons and lemonaide? Oh yeah, if God hands you a bowl of lemons, make lemon beer.)

Until next time...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Marina In Storm No 3


MarinaInStormNo3, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

Michael Jackson's a free man. Maybe now he can go sailing. :~)

This was taken at Pontchartrain, as you probably could have guessed. It was pretty stormy out there, and this one also has the benefit of a fast approaching sunset, off to the right. Even so, those look like pretty scary seas, don't you think? (Anybody up for a three hour tour?)

Yesterday, I got to work early (before 9!) and decided that I would try to leave early (yeah, right, that'll work. Me and leaving early-it'll never happen.) I almost started to pack up my things at around 6 when somebody came by and asked me a question. It must have been a long question because, well, it lasted until 9:30 last night.

Today, I'm really tired. And, it goes without saying, I didn't have time last night to post much new stuff up on the good ole flickr sight. You'll just have to live with last week's cool images for a few more days. Sigh. (How will you ever forgive me?)

The Killers Smile Like You Mean it is playing on the little silver podling..."Save some face, you know you've only got one..."

Good one. I'll have to remember that next time I go sailing.

Until next ocean breeze...

Monday, June 13, 2005

Painted Balconies No 4


PaintedBalconiesNo4, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

Happy Monday, y'all, here's a balcony for you. This was taken in the rain on Memorial Day of this year, somewhere in the French Quarter (it's one of the more "blurry" images thanks, in part, to the lensbaby.)

I had a great weekend, doing not much of much at all, although still a little too much for my liking.

On Saturday, I went museum and gallery hopping. I checked out the Austin Museum of Art's Annie Leibotwitz show, Oswald Gallery, Stephen L. Clark Gallery, and the f8 Gallery in downtown Austin. Plus we also had lunch at ZTejas, which is a mixture of South by Southwest cooking, according to their moniker (which, I guess, is accurate, although I'm not really quite sure. I ate pancakes and they weren't really "southwestern" pancakes, really.)

On Friday, Austin came. He's the new doggie Mom and Dad have been waiting for. He's cute as a button. He's a tri-color 2 year old cocker spaniel who's now "slumming it" since he was used to a huge house out in Lakeway (with a pool and cabana all to himself.) He doesn't like to walk but, other than this obvious flaw, he's perfect in every way.

Welcome Austin!

Until next time...

Friday, June 10, 2005

Fishing Under Highway


FishingUnderHighway, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

It's Friday, I'd rather be...yeah, wouldn't we all?

This was taken on Lake Pontchartrain, as you can imagine, sort of as the storm was blowing in. The men didn't stop fishing, in case you were wondering. I believe the fist of God could come down from the Heaven's above and the men would hardly notice, for they were too busy fishing.

It was taken during a brief break in the clouds, so it's a little less overcast then the others from that day, but I do love the pattern in the clouds. (It really was strange light, you'll just have to trust me on that one, because you really can't tell from looking at this shot.)

We had walked up and past the "fishing men" (as I like to call them) and I saw this shot. I guess I was thinking that, somehow, I wanted to shoot the men fishing on the pier, but I didn't want the "typical" shot, you know, the one taken in front, with the men smiling, lines all in the drink, and whatnot, so I grabbed this one instead, as we circled back behind them. I think it's much more interesting then a "straight on" shot, of just men fishing, don't you? Now, at least, you know what they were looking at as they fished.

Today we're having a group BBQ, which is a wonderful idea. We're all excited about it. We have a BBQ pit at work, and never seem to use it, until now. Something tells me that, after today, it'll start to see a lot more use (but that's just a hunch.)

Kind of like how I thought the weird "God light" would make for interesting pictures. I wasn't certain but I had a fairly good hunch (and, it goes without saying, I've learned to trust my hunches, especially when they are obvious and "right in front of your face" big in the truth department.)

Until next time...

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Sailboat and Rocks No 1


SailboatAndRocksNo1, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

What a difference a day makes, especially when you are a photographer. Today, I mean this in more ways than one.

Yesterday, I thought that I didn't much care for the body of work from New Orleans. Sure, I shot a lot, and had a lot of fun, but I just wasn't liking what I was seeing. Sometimes, this just happens, and I tend to view it as building up sort of photo "karma points" (in the future, at another photo shoot, in another town, sometimes far away and in a completely different setting, I'll just have that much better luck, thanks in part to my current misfortune. It's just a law of averages-sooner or later, you'll get something you like and sometimes, try as you may, you just end up getting squat on a stick. Like they say, sometimes screwing something up gives you a new appreciation for the stuff that you do well-so I usually don't sweat it, chalk it up to experience, and try to move on.)

Well, last night I went home, popped in one particular 512M CompactFlash, and found what I was looking for. I liked almost every shot. It was like stuff just "clicked" (there's another pun for you-what with me being a photographer and all.)

This was taken at Lake Pontchartrain. We had the most bizzare light while we were there, due probably to the impending storm. It was bright light and storming at the same time. I've never shot in such light, although I have shot in some peculiar lighting situations before (including "weird" situations, like an eclipse and an equinox.)

At Pontchartrain, it was the type of light I sometimes refer to as "God light." It's where the clouds look dark and imposing, yet somehow open up in one spot, and "streams" of light come down, seemingly from the heaven's above, to land upon one "chosen" location for a brief spell. This was the most intense and bizzard "God light" I have ever experienced. At one point, I shot a lightening bolt, you can sort of see the "glow" in one of my images. (I've never shot lightening before.)

It's probably safe to say somebody up above was pissed off at something, and was letting us (collectively) know who was boss. Ok, I can take a hint. But I can also take a photo while I have the chance.

One day later (or even, realistically, 15 minutes more or less) and I would not have gotten the same "God light" at Ponchartrain. One day later, and it might have been bright sun, blasted out sea, raining, or just overcast. Maybe the sun would have sparkled off the waves, making for picture perfect postcard-y images of the beach-the ones you typically see. Maybe the sailboat wouldn't be on choppy waters, they would look smooth like glass, with the sun glistening off the horizon. I'm not sure what I would have gotten but I do know that totally different shots would have come from it.

But, alas, those were not mine for the taking and these were.

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Praying Angel


PrayingAngel, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

This was taken at one of the cemetaries in New Orleans. You can spot the rising tomb behind the little angel's head.

This is one of the few shots from New Orleans that I'm actually sort of happy with. It will make for a really good manipulation as well as I really good projection. Sometimes, you just get lucky that way. (It's not often that you hit upon an image that covers you on all those bases.)

All that plus I think that the little angels just cute. She does look a tad bit miffed, but still kind of cute.

Kathy happened upon some rather nasty looking cherubs in the big cemetary when we were there. They had rather mean looking faces. Made this one look like he was smiling (are angels he's or she's? I can't really tell, so I just mix 'em up a bit.)

Mom's still got a good lead on a doggie, but I haven't heard anything and I have NO PLANS for this weekend as well.

I'm so happy, if I were an angel, I'd be smiling behind my wings.

Until next halo...

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Flea Market Masks No 3


FleaMarketMasksNo3, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

This one was taken in the flea market in New Orleans, which is an excellent place to take pictures. It's free, easy to get to, and has such interesting sights, smell, and sounds. There's sensory overload behind every nook and cranny, plus it's just fun to shoot there.

I got my first rejection letter this week. I'm actually happy about it. I was getting a complex, since I wasn't even getting "no's" in the mail-I was starting to feel like I was at the end of the earth, sending smoke signals that were simply vanishing over the horizon. Now, at least, I know better.

I have run out of paper. I need to start mail ordering this kind of stuff so that I don't run low on supplies. It really holds me up.

Mom and Dad believe they have a good lead on a new doggie. He's a two year old tri-color cocker spaniel and looks cute as a button in the pictures. They will find out tomorrow if they get him or not.

We're sitting with fingers crossed. He looks really cute. I can hardly wait for tomorrow and the dawn of a new doggie.

Until next time...

Monday, June 06, 2005

BalconyAndStreetLamp


BalconyAndStreetLamp, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

I finally had a weekend off. That's right, I didn't take any pictures this weekend. First time in about three months.

I'm really tired too. I'm so tired, I may just stop blogging for a while. It's not that it's hard to do, and not that I don't like to do it, but just that I want to go underground and get some "heavy" rest for a spell (don't worry, I'll probably be back tomorrow saying things like, "what was I thinking? I should never blog before I have my coffee...")

I started the long journey into the New Orleans CompactFlash. This is one of the first ones. It's not my favorite but I don't hate it either. It shows off some of the wrought iron as well as a street lamp, which is always fun.

We've started the hunt for a new pooch and have narrowed down the field to a cockerpoo. I had one when I was growing up. They are just too cute for words.

Maybe, if we can find a doggie, I'll post pictures of the new baby. I'm sure that, as puppies, they are cute as beans.

I just hope Charlie doesn't mind the company.

Until next time...

Friday, June 03, 2005

Billy's Melting Elvis


MeltingElvisTies, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

Billy, one of my friends from Tivoli, HATES Elvis. I don't think that he really HATES Elvis, more than he HATES the way people idolize him and, gosh, even see him after he's been dead for decades. (I'm actually the same way, as I just don't "get" the obsession with all things Elvis.) All that and he just doesn't get how some white guy can swoop down, steal all the good "black" music, and not turn around to give back to the community that fed his fortune (that's just a shame, actually, and makes Elvis out to be the moocher that he was.)

I did come up with a semi-funny quote the other day about Elvis. I was talking to somebody who had just seen a really bad fake Elvis and I said, "the world is full of too many impersonators and not enough real Elvii" (I still think this holds true, what like 20 years after his death.)

They even have sky-diving Elvii in Vegas but then, hey, in Vegas (and even, to some extent, in New Orleans) what do you expect?

So, this was taken near the French Market in New Orleans. I tried to make the ties look a bit like they were melting, just for Billy's sake. I hope he doesn't mind the Elvii (well, too much anyway.) I hope it's ok if they are melting or otherwise being destroyed in some way. I mean, Elvis did that to himself, so why can't I do that to him as well, right?

It beats taking pictures of street performers playing with balloons, that's for sure.

Besides, today's Friday, time to let out your inner Elvii and sway those hips a bit before the weekend sets in.

Until next Elvii...

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Le Monde Creole No 1


LeMondeCreole1, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

This is one of the first "normal" shots, taken in the courtyard, at Le Monde Creole (hence the No 1.) We hit this courtyard a few times, including once in the rain, and got some lush, tropical vistas which, I'm sure, are buried somewhere in the approximately 14G of CompactFlash I shot in the city. (Throughout the visit, I kept saying, "damned CompactFlash eating town" over and over again. Try it sometime, you might find it refreshing.)

Speaking of things I say over and over again, I noticed the other day that I have not spoke of HIM in a long while. I guess I've been too busy leading a life of my own, and I guess that nobody cares amymore. (It's not like we had a hot romance or anything, it's just that he was an easy blogger fodder target and you know how much I just love that low hanging fruit.)

Well, I guess now that I've opened my big mouth, my HIM-less count has been reset yet again. Oh well. (It's kind of like a google-whack-as soon as you blog about it, you destroy it.)

Since I'm on topic, I might as well tell you that I haven't seen HIM in a while, we're still friends, still (sometimes) keep in touch (when either of us are not too busy) and HE's doing just ducky last I heard. He's single again (but you probably knew that) and I believe I revealed that HE looks a bit like Keith Urban (only not quite as shaggy and sans tattoos.)

The mysteries of the creole world are sometimes revealed right underneath your nose, you just have to peek in the right direction. (So now you know.)

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Painted Iron No 1


PaintedIronNo1, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

This one is from St. Louis cemetery No 1 (yes, they have more than one there-I'll save you the google-there's a number 2 and number 3 for the curious, although No 1 is the most famous as, I believe, Louis Armstrong is entombed there.)

After doing the graveyards for a little bit, I started to change up the way I do them. I now approach them like I'm photographing a small church, rather than a tombstone. I think of them as small-ish churches, which kind of helps me with the scale, size, and perspective.

We shot at 4 graveyards total. The first one, Lafayette, was probably the best, and we lucked out there with a tour guide who liked to yap a lot coupled with some really good light, which allowed us the opportunity to shoot a lot. I think that this is a really cool lensbaby shot despite the fact that it's not from Lafayette.

Towards the end of the trip, I started to get more and more into the extra blurry images that the lensbaby can produce. On the first day, I was "almost sharp," on the last day, I was "barely discernable." If you pay attention, you just might be able to tell the difference, based solely upon the amount of blur. (In case you didn't know, this one is one of the "extra blurry" ones-don't worry, I'll post some "sharp" ones at some point so you can compare the two.)

Son Volt's "Tear Stained Eye" just came on the random shuffle mini-podling playlist. There's a line in that song about "Saint Genevive can hold back the water/but saints don't bother/with a tear stained eye." It's a beautiful song in it's own right, even without the context of New Orleans, saints, sinners, voodoo charms, and the like.

I guess this is where the saints come marching from. At least, it looks that way to me.

Until next time...