Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Adventures in New Orleans - day 1

I met my sister, Emma in Boston and we flew down to New Orleans together for our annual pilgrimage to Jazz Fest.  We were lucky enough to stay with friends Wayne & Louise in their beautiful Uptown house.  I photographed them last year,  so I knew they would be great hosts and historians.  Even though I had some work to do, this trip was mainly going to be a vacation so I also extra excited to catch up on sleeping and reading, poolside.  We took a quick dip, then went for po boys up the street, and then a long an arduous journey trying to get across town for my only scheduled shoot.

Cold and rainy  Boston

Hot and sunny poolside NOLA.
Grilled shrimp po boy
We tried to take a cab, then got on the bus the wrong way, then the right way, then tried to transfer buses once we got to the French Quarter, then gave up and just walked to Brett's in the Marigny.   What was ideally a 20 minute cab ride turned into a 2.5 hour transportation adventure.  Part of the whole project, I suppose.  Luckily, Brett was sympathetic to my plight to get to his house.

Brett & I went to Hampshire together, and vaguely remembered each other from college.  We have mutual several mutual friends but we reconnected in Nola, un-Hampshire related.  Last year, after I photographed Wayne & Louise, they took me to a dinner party at their friend Pablo's house, and Brett was there.  We spent a lot of time talking and he was intrigued by the project.

He is working on a book, and was trying to get a chunk done before he left for NYC (I later found out to win a James Beard award- yay Brett!), so it was really awesome that he took a break from writing for the shoot & to have a beer with us.   I was also honored that he asked if I wouldn't mind taking a few images for his author picture for the book - which we did outside on his patio with banana trees in the background. 

And one more thing, as if Brett isn't kind enough, last month he tweeted the project to Mel, a Fresh Air producer, which then caused an amazing public radio chain reaction and a ton of publicity for the project.  Thanks Brett!
Bus ride to the Marigny
Brett may win the prize for the coolest objects, although he is up against tuff competition

coffee table

Love the art up the stairs
afternoon light kitchen
living room 
Book jacket Brett
He sent us around the corner to Lost Love Lounge for the best spring rolls of my life and a giant bowl of Pho.   Then we walked over to Vaso on Frenchman's Street to hear some music and caught a few minutes of a great brass band before I realized my wallet was missing and we had to go on a mad and fruitless search to find it.
Lost Love's bar
Lost Love book shelf
Pho & spring rolls
Vaso Lounge

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