Car Wash Awnings : Vinyl Roller Window Shades : Oak Venetian Blinds.
I'm definitely kicking myself for thinking a little too hard while composing this image. I was so hell-bent on getting this particular framing that I think I missed a much better opportunity. No need to try to explain what I failed to capture... I failed to capture it, and that's the fact. Anyway... difficult to derive a story from this, so I will build it myself. My son and I were on a bike ride (he was riding the bike, I was chasing him on foot). This building is a car wash (a pretty out-dated car wash) but has a 70's or 80's nostalgic look to it. Someone apparently dropped off this chair/couch (a 80's-ish nostalgic looking one as well) and so it's just kind of sitting there. Initially, I had wanted my son to go sit on it so that I could take his picture, but honestly I quickly erased that thought because you don't know who's it is or where it's been (in other words, it's possibly potentially gross). But, always up for doing strange/unacceptable things for the sake of photography, I quickly changed my thoughts 180-degrees when my son asked if he could sit on it.... "You bet!" is what I exclaimed. The shadow from the roof looks almost like an awning. The dark streaks that look like shadows are actually just dicolorations, but remind me of pole-shadows that are supporting the virtual awning. It's virtual cover for my son relaxing outside of a car wash on an old discarded chair/couch. Alright... I'll say it... I screwed-up because I should have shot it wider and shown that it was a car was he was sitting in front of. I'm not saying it would have been better than this particular shot, it just would have been nice to see what it looked like. However, the truth is that I only had my camera and 50mm lens that I would have had to backup quite a ways in order to get a wider framing. Moving that far away from my son would have probably changed his demeanor enough that I may not have got the shot at all... so, again, I'll take this one and I'll stop kicking myself... someday :)Back to New Orleans, Post-Katrina
We went back to New Orleans, a day or two in some areas before residents could return (because Av had his credentials).
It was a surreal experience...especially in Lakeview where it seemed we were completely alone in the world.
The French Quarter and Garden District did really well comparatively (I mean, Cafe Du Monde still had its awning up!). Residents are are coming back, cleaning things up - FEMA, EPA, Red Cross, and National Guard people are *everywhere*.
I'm sorry that more of these pics aren't framed perfectly, or cropped well - I just went through taking picture after picture hoping that the familiar sights might help someone feel better that a place they know is still okay (like, strangely, I was relieved that little things like my Safari Car Wash on Veterans was okay, and that Dorignac's was open, that sort of thing)...or maybe someone will get to see their home and that will be a bit of a relief too.
There's a pic in my set of pictures from this trip from where we pulled up to Drago's...they were giving out hot lunches (and wouldn't take our money) - they had a sign that said, "Day 24 - Over 47,000 Served (without FEMA help)". People are being so generous....
Sincerely, thanks to everyone who is helping in the recovery effort.
metal drapery hardware
right shade of lipstick
cellular room darkening shades
drum shade light fixtures
iron drapery rings
gothic canopy bed
roman shades for less
portable shade shelter