Hope For Us

A day of reflection, a day of hope.

Farther along and further in. Those words are about learning, reflection, truth and peacefulness. That’s what today is about.

We celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. There is a lot we can do or not do. I started this day with — what else — a dog walk. I made a few pictures. You know me. The work is the prayer. The prayer turned into a sort of meditation.


Where to go from this place in time. Not necessarily about my work. More about me and my place in the universe. I looked at my past, not to worry about it, but as a guide post to my future.

What kind of person do I want to be? I think that I know, but a little thought always helps as long as I don’t obsess about it. How can I help? How can I be of service?

That’s just the start.

In a little while I’ll help clean up a stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Central City. You know, the work is the prayer.

The hood. My hood. Where I photograph second lines, Black Masking Indians, Zulus and Mardi Gras. Where I eat BBQ sausages. And, talk to the folks who live there.

And, then back to work. You know…

Stay safe. Stay Strong. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Look after each other. Do a little reflection.

Street portraits. For me they are easy to do. But, I talk to the people that I photograph. I don’t work from across the street. I learn their names and why they are doing what they do.

That’s how you do it.

Anything else is just cultural theft.


The picture is small because I made it for another project with a maximum size.

No matter.

The picture is really about this young man’s eyes. And, maybe the flag.

I made this photograph while we were waiting for a Mardi Gras parade to start. It’s the best I could since I was very young when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. I never had the chance to photograph him.

That’s how it goes sometimes. You do the best you can with what you have.



6 responses to “Hope For Us”

  1. sloppy buddhist Avatar

    I miss seeing humans on our streets here…but yes be safe and stay healthy…lovely portrait Ray 👌 smiles hedy

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I miss been outside beyond my limited walks. I miss touring with my artists. It’s likely to be dummer 2022 before we can do that. And, always stay mighty.

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  2. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

    The photograph, the young man and the thoughts – all so profound.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. At the rate the mayor is going I’ll never be able to make a picture like that again in New Orleans.

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      1. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

        Sounds like there’s a story there. I have so much catching up to do!

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Our racist mayor has invited tourists to come to Mardi Gras even though all the parades are cancelled. We were a super spreader last Mardi Gras. What does she think is going to happen with all the drunks on Bourbon Street and throughout the Quarter spit all over each other while not wearing masks and keeping their distance of about 6 inches? She’s racist because on MLK Day, she announced a big plan to fund Black owned small businesses first, forgetting that the city is half Black. Those business owners already get their fair share of grants and small business loans. That’s how it already works around here.

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