Outside Spaces- Louisiana

Sharing some photos from back in March of this year. Spent some time in Louisiana and had the misadventure of having one of my lenses malfunction. Fortunately, it gave me the chance to rent a fisheye lens and have some fun. One of the drawbacks of having such a wide lens and using available light was that it was difficult to avoid having my shadow in the photos.  Also realized after looking at the night shots (real blurry!) that a tripod sure would have come in handy. All the daytime photos were taken in New Iberia and the night shots are from Lafayette.  Thanks to Kristie for walking around at night with me.

More Louisana house pics can be seen here.

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Scott’s Place

Thank you to Scott for giving me time on a foggy Monday morning. Scott is apprenticing in the art of building wooden boats at the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center located in Sausalito. Scott also rents space in a workshop a few blocks down where he and a friend are building a wooden dory skiff that they hope to sell when complete.

He lives on the Famiglia Santa, which is anchored in Richardson Bay. This boat was an operational fishing boat from 1926- 2006. It was refashioned shortly thereafter to include living quarters. We set off at low tide crossing the walkway over mud flats and barnacle-laden pillars. Scott rowed us out to his home in what I suspect is actually a one-person rowboat.  After a series of awkward movements involving us getting our legs untangled, we were underway. A harbor seal followed us to the main boat while coots and a grebe continued about their watery business. A metal fishing boat motored farther offshore, a man in a red slicker waving. I later saw three of these boats lined up cranking in their nets just off the coast. Tourists gathered in clumps taking pictures, the netted fish glinting in the dull light, while seals and gulls surrounded the boats waiting for lost fish.

There is no real electricity on the boat although there is a solar panel that supplies energy for small mounted lamps in the “living room.” A lack of electricity means no refrigeration so food on the boat must be nonperishable. There is a burner run on propane that is used to cook meals and also doubles as a heater when a terra cotta pot is put over the flame. Coffee, whiskey and canned smoked oysters were favorite food and drink items.

We sat in the living room with light from the rippling water reflected onto the ceiling above, all calm except for the barking of seals congregated farther south. Scott said that often he sits here and sees pelicans dive-bombing for fish. He has never seen a shark but once saw a dolphin approach the boat. With no computer or internet, Scott writes letters, draws and reads. Everything on the boat is compactness and simplicity. Every item has its place as there is no room for the disorderly. Maps and fishing rods find their space lashed to the ceiling while canvas bags attached to the walls hold and conceal smaller items. Scott will most likely return to his hometown of New Orleans when he has completed his apprenticeship in May. All the photos from that morning can be viewed at Scott’s Living Space.

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Ogden Museum- New Orleans, LA

On the final day of my most recent trip home,  I visited what quickly became one of my favorite museums the Ogden. After breakfast and the obligatory last morning of vacation stop at Lafitte’s; Kristie, Jason and I headed over. The museum displays work from self-taught artists along with art and photography from well known, formally trained Southern artists. While the skies darkened and the rain began, we slowly rambled through the galleries, losing and finding one another, reconnecting with whispers and suggestions. Why we were whispering I don’t know since there were only two other people in the museum, but there’s something hushing about seeing art that takes you beyond your own place and time. Each room presented a range of subjects including rural life, slavery, race relations, sexuality, religion and nature. Check out Kristie’s blog entry about photographer Jack Spenser, whose works were on display that day.

Benny Andrews

John McCrady

William Dunlap

One of the exhibits I found most interesting was the “Self-taught, Outsider, and Visionary Art from the collections of Alexa Kleinbard and Jim Roche.” It contained paintings, sculptures, wood carvings and found art.

All the photos from that day can be seen here.

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Hung’s Seafood- New Iberia, Louisiana

Last of the New Iberia series. I’ll have to get back to taking some photos!

Photos can be viewed at Hung’s Seafood Market.

Happy New Year!

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Asia Market- New Iberia, Louisiana

Second to last of the series!

All the photos can be viewed at Asia Market.

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Viator’s- New Iberia, Louisiana

Best hotdog ever.

Envision Da Berry

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Genesis- New Iberia, Louisiana

Envision Da Berry

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