On Mardi Gras Day

Mardi Gras Day is a day to let everything hang out. To play it colorful. To celebrate. To run into old friends on the line. To start the day early in Central City with the Krewe of Zulu and their coconuts. And, end late at night with sore feet and a happy soul.

This is my way. It’s a big test. As you know, I’m ambivalent about AI produced images. I think that it is a logical progression of photographic technology. I also think it could be the ultimate vehicle for theft. I think you have to decide your own moral and artistic ground.

This is my photograph. I made it at during the opening parade of Mardi Gras, the Krewe of Zulus. It is actually the St. Augustine Marching 100. They pretty much start the day.

I used it as a base for a DALL-E AI program. It created a blue image. When has there ever been a blue Mardi Gras image so I imported it into OnOne and went to work, my way.

Make no mistake, this work wasn’t easy or fast. Maybe that’s what put the soul back into the artwork. The human element is what will save all of the AI produced work. Pictures. Words. Music.

At least, that’s what I think.

Happy Mardi Gras, even if it is only just another Tuesday where you live. That’s what it is in Afton on the farm.

Another Tuesday.

But, I carry Mardi Gras in my heart and soul.




5 responses to “On Mardi Gras Day”

  1. Leah Avatar

    Terrific picture as always! I’ve seen some really nice art/ photo work done from AI. There is lots of discussion. To me it really makes theft and fraud a hazard for writers, since it can write something in a particular writer’s style. Makes me glad that I strive to make writing quirky, with lots of variant regional expressions, slang, etc. Not everyone likes that but I think maybe it’s harder to imitate via AI.


    1. Leah Avatar

      Laissez Les bon temps rouler!


  2. Debra Avatar

    Unique and very special, Ray. I love it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. I think my AI is either very clear what it is, or I don’t use it.


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