The Great Chase

Night view of street cars on Canal Street.

Once upon a time I used to make pictures like this on a regular basis. I’m not sure why I stopped. It wasn’t a conscience decision. I just sort of let it fade away. I’m thinking that before I slip out of New Orleans for good I should wander around the city making these kind of pictures.

I’m a little busy right now, but I could carve out some time… if I really am a photographer.

These days I barely make many fresh pictures. I ‘m not exactly sure how that got away from me. But, it did.

On the other hand, there is a verse in song that says, “stop chasing what’s already gone.” Maybe the photography life is gone. I’ve actually had thoughts of selling all my camera gear and buying a little all in one camera like a Sony RX-100. It does everything that I need it to do including making publishable images.

Once upon a time photo assignment makers demanded the highest quality and newest cameras. Now they don’t seem to care. I have a buddy who photographed a rather important assignment in Aspen on three i-Phones. The pictures that I’ve seen look great.

Obviously, this is a big and tough decision. After all, I’ve been making — or trying to make –serious pictures since 1971. If I do this it will be the first time in 50 years that I haven’t had a SLR, DSLR or Mirrorless camera in my bag.

That’s really something.


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 or For a quick look at my work please go to

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