Over and Out

That darn bridge.

Say Hey.

Did you ever hear a song that liked, but weren’t in a place where you could learn the name or who the musician was who recorded it?

That happened.

We were “making groceries.” There was a nice play list bouncing around the store. A song came on that we both liked. It made us smile. It made us want to dance. In a grocery store? Why not? This is New Orleans. We had no idea who or what it was. That’s saying something since between us we know a lot of music.

I started trying to find the song when we returned home. The only lyric that I could remember would seemingly be of no help. It was, “I love you, I love you, I love you. ” In the song it’s a really cool break, but how many tunes have lyrics like that? A thousand? One hundred thousand? A million?

It took me about fifteen minutes. It’s a song called “Say Hey (I love you),” by Michael Franti and Spearhead. Ahh, technology. And, music nerds.

There’s a good reason that we didn’t know it. Between us I think we’ve heard about one song of his. It wasn’t this one. One great song leads to another. Lots of new music to explore.

That’s a good thing.

I am photographing the Krewe of Boo parade tonight. It rolls from the Bywater into the French Quarter. As always, I want to work from the the start of the parade. Because of the evacuation zone for the big blast, I’m not quite sure how to get there. I suspect that I’ll just drive past it on the interstate and approach it from behind on the down river side of where I want to be.

The picture. Finally. I’m getting around to it. It’s an expressway that I photographed at the end of the day. At dusk. The low autumn light caught my eye. I helped it some for this rendition of the picture. Simple. See it. Photograph it.

A question.

I’ve been photographing New Orleans events on and off for the past few weeks. I have’t been publishing them on Storyteller. Even though I’m not a big data guy, I’ve been looking at it when it comes to the kinds of pictures that move you. I’m not comparing picture to picture. I’m looking at the genres that you seem to like.

So, the question.

Do you want to see the Krewe of Boo, second lines, Mardi Gras Indians (Black Masking Indians — their preferred title), Mardi Gras and so on? You know, events.

Or, would you rather see my artistic explorations?

And, in another test, I’ve been cross posting. I’ve been sharing the same picture here and again on Instagram. My likes there aren’t high, but I really wanted to see what happens on other social media. On Twitter, bupkis. I really have to post the picture directly, not using a link.

Facebook is truly revealing. I might get a few likes from the image that was distributed from here. But, when it is distributed via Instagram, I get a lot of likes.

Let me be clear. I don’t care about likes in the strictest sense. That doesn’t impress me. But, I care about the data. I care about sales. If 25-50 people like a picture, it stands a better chance of being licensed or sold than one with three likes. Not to the people who hit the like button, but in the general marketplace.

What do you think?




6 responses to “Over and Out”

  1. athousandbitsofpaper Avatar

    Love the colours in this photo Ray and will have to check out that song. I like your theory of thinking in data vs likes – we are all just data to the internet in the end so why not use it – the more likes the more the machines will be willing to share your image so the more it will get seen and possibly snapped up. Regardless – it’s a lovely story and a great photo.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. I made most of the color from what the light lead me to… likes don’t tell me anything. I’ve built a group of followers who generally like most of what I produce. I’m grateful, but That doesn’t tell me enough. I do the same thing for the other side of my life as well.

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  2. T Ibara Photo Avatar

    Hello Mr. Ray,
    I would be very keen to see more of your “events” work. Not to be flattering, but you portray them in ways I have not seen before. It’s obvious you are not doing “pretend” street photography or using gimmicks. You are there with the people, within the centre of action (although that must be a daunting task on many levels) and if I may say so, you seem to have genuine interaction with your subjects. I also think it’s great that you always offer to give them the photo data whenever possible.

    Best wishes,


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. I suppose that I do have a real interaction with the folks on the street. After so many years of photographing these things, even if we don’t know each other, we know each other’s faces. The problem, for me, with doing these events is that they all start looking the same to me. As I look back over 8 years of work, unless I’ve embedded a copyright with date, I can no longer tell one year from another. For me, that’s time to move on, or to figure out a way of photographing these things that is unique.

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  3. Debra Avatar

    New Orleans is such an exceptional location that any and all you share from the street scenes is always fascinating. But i’m particularly drawn to your artistic expressions. To me they often look like water colors or glass or something unexpected. I guess I didn’t give you a very definitive response, but it’s probably because in essence I enjoy it all.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. Sorry for the lateness of this reply. I installed Mac’s new OS and everything has been hellish. Combine that with Google no longer supporting software that allow me to use their browser and I’ve been really hung up. If it were up to me, I’d photograph the city, but if you read today’s Storyteller, you’ll understand why I might make the change. You’ll also understand why I can’t. 🙂 As Neil Young once sang, adn was our marching song around here when we were in the middle of a big project… Don’t be denied.


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