2-12-13 Fat Tuesday (Well I’m Going To New Orleans)

I have never been in NOLA for Mardi Gras although I have visited many times for Jazz Fest and spent a glorious New Year’s Eve at Tipitina’s. As Elvis probably demonstrated yesterday, I am spending some time rifling through old photo books trying to decide which pictures are worth my digging out the negatives and scanning into a digital file.

This project, I assume, will take me the rest of my natural life and half of Abigail’s were she to pick up the ball, which I surely hope she does not. Do check back in 20 or 30 years to see how the project is coming.

In any event in honor of Fat Tuesday (which as a friend of mine put it should be followed by: “Don’t You Look Slender Wednesday”) a few NOLA pictures from deep in the last decade of the previous century. The first two are from 1995 and each of the subjects were part of different krewes that paraded through the Fest



This next picture is from 1993


I love the look of the woman in blue

Sadly this was the last Fest that our great friend Ludo attended. He went home to Belgium to be with his family and died before the next Fest arrived.


Ludo is the character in the beret, beer in hand, dancing with Katherine. Our friends Helena and Michael are dancing next to them.

Let’s take this post out with some classic New Orleans and the sound of Professor Longhair


10-24-12 Flashback!

“Before I realized, I was hypnotized
Flashback to the past”

Robbie Robertson

Having started the reorganization of photographs work, I am coming across lots of stuff that I used to love. Some I still do, even though in some cases I couldn’t tell you why.

That is not true with this picture.  I took it at The New Orleans Jazz Festival in 1991. It had rained hard and the field was extremely muddy. I saw these two dancing and was taken by their focus on the music but even more by the intensity of their focus on each other.

Strangely enough, about 8 years later a true friend of ours, who had been at Jazz Fest with us that year and knew this picture well, moved downtown. The woman in the picture lived in her new building and they have become very good friends.

On October 24th, 1996, Andy Pettitte outdueled John Smoltz as the Yankees won 1-0 and took a 3 game to 2 lead in The World Series. The next day something even more momentous occurred.