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Kick In The Eye
Taken at the Krewe du Vieux warehouse in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, I would imagine the person who this effigy represents was not very well liked nor respected by the people of New Orleans. But then, KDV is notorious for poking fun at pop culture, sexuality, and politicians of every ilk.
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Taken in New Orleans at the Press Street Float Graveyard near to the Claiborne overpass following Hurricane Katrina, this was photographed in the early morning hours during a period in the city's history when the neighborhoods lie dormant and the colloquy of crickets were the only voices to be heard.
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At Kerwin James Frazier's jazz funeral, this young musician sat in contemplation between sets...
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Taken at the Krewe du Vieux warehouse in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina I came across these float heads, one of which is the likeness of Michael Jackson. KDV is notorious for poking fun at pop culture, sexuality, and politicians of every ilk.
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From New Orleans
Photographed during Super Sunday, I caught this member of the Northside Skull and Bone Gang a striking contrast to the usual sequins, feathers and regalia presented by the Creole Indians.
Unlike the Indians, who often have public rehearsals, the Bone Gang does theirs privately. Rising before dawn, costumed as skeletons, they take to the streets to wake New Orleans residents up on Mardi Gras Day. There’s a street ritual unique to the group including the singing of songs, young men to be “scared straight”, doors to be knocked on, and all before the sun rises and the parades begin.
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From New Orleans
Big Chief (w/ Alfred Doucette)
A man of more talents than anyone should have in his lifetime, singer, songwriter, and Mardi Gras Indian chief Big Chief Alfred Doucette always gets the smiles rolling and the crowd jumping to traditional Creole Indian songs.
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"Treme" (w/ Uncle Lionel Batiste)
For seven decades, one of the most recognized and loved musicians (and consummate gentlemen), who each day brought the streets to life with music and conversation in New Orleans, was Uncle Lionel Batiste. Born on February 11, 1931, sadly, he passed away on July 8, 2012. at 81 years of age. However, in a send off that was uniquely New Orleans in style but, in Uncle Lionel's case, suited for royalty, several second line/jazz funerals led up to his wake populated by hundreds upon hundreds of people concurrently mourning and dancing in tow.
When Mr Batiste's wake finally arrived, he was given "a send-off as unique as the man himself. Mr. Batiste wasn’t lying in his cypress casket. Instead, his body was propped against a faux street lamp, standing, decked out in his signature man-about-town finery... He wore a cream sports coat, beige slacks, tasseled loafers, ornate necktie and matching pocket square, bowler hat and sunglasses. His bass drum and his Treme Brass Band uniform were positioned nearby... His hands rested atop his omnipresent cane. The gold watch spanning his left palm was his trademark, representing his desire to always have “time on my hands"... His head was cocked slightly to the left. He appeared ready to step from behind the velvet rope and saunter off to Frenchmen Street, where he reveled in dancing and drinking beer."
Read more about Uncle Lionel here...
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Dedicated to superheroines everywhere...
“We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.” - Grant Morrison
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