Almost Home


he road. It may come soon enough. Oh, I’m not thinking about traveling for work. There is no work. I just need to be away from this place for a while. Or, forever.

I’m going talk about Portia, my friend who was murdered a couple of days ago. But, first, a little bit about this picture.

It’s pure art. Art that was made in the camera. Art, that for me, symbolizes travel. A storm is brewing. Cars and trucks are racing through the low light. The land seems to be glowing.

That’s the picture.

This is about a murder.

Portia was stabbed to death a few days ago. The story remains at the top of our local media, both print and broadcast.


Portia was a physical therapist who worked with the elderly all over the state. She went wherever she was needed.

Portia was also a drummer. She could be found in drum circles playing at Congo Square. She could be found playing drums on second lines.

The police chief said it hurts so badly because she could have been his mother. He also said that we are in the longest sustained period of violent crime since the weeks following Hurricane Katrina.

Those of you who have been thinking of coming to New Orleans, don’t. It’s hot and humid as hell already. Violent crime is through the roof. And, we are still opening up. Oh yeah, hurricane season just started. A season in which all reliable sources will be busy and violent.

Stay safe.


ictures like this one are mostly about seeing and adjusting your camera so you can make the picture you had in mind.

In this case, because being out on the road is about pure motion, I wanted the picture to reflect that.

I’m guessing, but it’s a very educated guess, that I made this picture at f 5.6 @ 1/2 second, with a 20 mm lens.

I hand held the camera because I wanted my natural body motion to help the picture. And, because I’m lazy.

Tripod? We don’t need no stinkin’ tripod.

And, no. This wasn’t a drive by or drive through shot. The picture was made on the side of a service road.

The color was not enhanced. Sometimes this is what you get with a relatively slow motion exposure at certain times of day.



10 responses to “Almost Home”

  1. Tammy Stauffer Avatar

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It makes my heart hurt to read this. I have no words but appreciate your courage and honesty.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. She remains on the top of the news because of her cultural status in the city. If it matters, the criminal who did it was captured yesterday after a three city chase.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

    I’m sorry about Portia. Virtual hugs to you and yours.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. We discussed this a little bit. Last night and tonight the culture hit the street in Fontenot’s of her house. Had I have still lived there, I could have stood in my miniature backyard and made pictures.


  3. sloppy buddhist Avatar

    Sending peace ☮️💟no words Ray big hugs 💫

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. New Orleans is a violent place. We are on a pace to almost double the 2019 murder rate. Then, there are carjackings…


  4. Cara Lockhart Smith Avatar

    I’m sorry things are so rough, Ray.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Doesn’t really matter to me. When the going gets tough I leave. You’ll find me at in about a week. I don’t need this in my life.


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