The Kid And Me


A Street Portrait Gets Good The bullet points should tell you everything that you need to know about making a picture like this one. But, just in case. No matter how well you plan for every possible situation when you arrive on the scene everything changes. As boxer Mike Tyson said, “You can plan forContinue reading “The Kid And Me”

Singing


I made this picture a few years back at a county fair. Originally, this was a horizontal photograph, but I realized that his hand was doing something, but you can’t tell what. So, I decided to do what I had been taught in photojournalism school, crop to the heart of the image in order toContinue reading “Singing”

Childhood Delight


I don’t always photograph an event for its own sake. I love to look around before and after the event. Sometimes what I find is more interesting than the event itself. That might be especially true with second lines. They are unique to New Orleans. They have very special individual characteristics. After photographing them forContinue reading “Childhood Delight”

Smile


Just smile. Sometimes that’s all you can do. That’s why I published these two pictures of a little guy, who is starting out young, making his way down the stairs at the Good Fellas second line, last Sunday. This is probably his first second line. His confidence will build as he prepares year after year.Continue reading “Smile”

The Children of the Second Line


Second lines. They are a neighborhood thing. They are for everybody. Even though the parade is led by some specific group, anybody who wants to join in, can. That’s the whole point of the name, second line. The second line is everybody who wants to participate. Anybody at all. Once, I said to another photographer that IContinue reading “The Children of the Second Line”

Reflections


Another Sunday, another second line. This one was The Lady Rollers. Hot 8 Brass Band played the songs. Big loud band. They are fairly big time. You can tell the difference. They are a touring band. They record. They’ve been nominated for a Grammy. That’s pretty cool. The parade was made up of The LadyContinue reading “Reflections”

Day Four. Halloween.


Celebrity Skull. The future is so bright I have to wear shades. I stole that line from an old song. I do that a lot. But, you know that. I sort of guessing that this guy’s future is waaaaaaay behind him. But, who am I to judge? Not much more to say. What can IContinue reading “Day Four. Halloween.”

February PAD


This post should take about 100 years to produce. The categories and tags alone will take a long, long time to write. Anyway. PAD. Picture a Day. A lot of photographers do this. Some don’t make it. It’s a really tough discipline to shoot SOMETHING everyday. Some guys claim that they only shoot when theirContinue reading “February PAD”