A Little Steam Punk

Steam punk guard to Rosalie Alley.
Steam punk guard to Rosalie Alley.

A giant thing. A steam Punk guard to the place that took me a couple of tries to find. Rosalie Alley.

What is that?

Near as I can tell, it’s one of the last remaining dirt alleys in all of New Orleans. Let’s talk about this for just a minute. In New Orleans, the definition of alley is a little different than most places. But, you were ready for that, right? Most things are different in New Orleans. In New Orleans, it usually means the narrow walkway between the back and front of a single piece of property. I once had a sugar brick paved two foot wide walkway that lead from the back of my house to the front. That’s an alley.

Anyway. Rosalie Alley is a dirt alley. It’s about eight feet wide. Today there are the fronts of very old houses that form the edges of the path. That, or ancient fences.  The fences are all painted up with voodoo and hoodoo symbols. But, that refers to its modern day usage. They say. I’ll explore a little more and try to find out. In the days gone by, rumor has it, guys like Jean Lafitte used it when they disembarked form the pirate ships and walked to The French Quarter… the alley was a pathway that was in use as early as the late 1700s. Likely, it was used well before that since American Indians roamed this land before the pirates did. Oh. Jean Lafitte? He was a pirate. He mostly worked in the gulf and swamps. But, he also joined Andrew Jackson to defeat British troops in The Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. For those who don’t know, that battle was fought after the war ended. I guess that mail service was a lot like today’s mail service.

The picture. There are a couple of steam punk guards at the entrance to the alley. I’m not exactly sure what this one might be. Looks like some sort of killer grasshopper to me.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

4 thoughts on “A Little Steam Punk

  1. Ray, there has been some interest in tilt and shift lenses. Have you tried any of them? Do they do anything that cannot be done in Photoshop?

    David Jenrette


  2. Hi David, I messed with them years ago. But, these days, I rarely even used “full sized” dslrs. I’d have to think about what they do compared to Photoshop movements. I do believe the latest version can be used pretty much about the same way. My own belief is that you make the best picture in the field and improve it in post production. For me, improvement does not mean repair. 🙂


    1. I have this funny thing about “bucket lists.” I don’t believe in them. As musician Neil Young once said, The best way to do something is to do something.” 🙂 The most important thing to New Orleans is that although most first timers to the city spend all their time in the French Quarter, don’t. The city is so much more than a 13 block neighborhood.


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