Walking down Bourbon street, with the putrid smell of trash and urine left behind by drunken frat boys and alcoholics alike, I begin to wonder why anyone would put themselves through the misery that is New Orleans. The French Quarter has become a wasteland of misguided youth, street walkers and bums. While it is a great place for street photography, it is most certainly not for the purist or faint of heart. What was once a beautiful place to visit, at least I assume it was, has become a disappointing experience of filth. Yet, somehow I understand the draw of such a place. It’s a place of very little judgement, where lying face down in an intoxicated daze has become a normal everyday occurrence. Where dreams are not present, but escape is evident.
I round the corner to see a man sitting at a piano in the middle of Royal Street, playing his heart out for only a few dollar bills, that have collected in a milk crate sitting on top of the black and ivory keyed box. Instantly I am drawn to this scene, both for the beauty of the composition that he is playing and for the photographic opportunity that has appeared before me. There is strange beauty all over this city in many different forms. If you strip away the grim, self loathing, binge drinking, body fluids, glorified sex clubs and strangeness, you will find a colorful cultural place existing in New Orleans. Voodoo shops filled with vibrant colored dolls, though a little creepy, alongside the brilliant hued boas and mask shops of a year round presents of Mardi Gras. I’m not saying everyone should go to New Orleans, and I’m definitely not saying you should spend much time on Bourbon Street if you do go. What I am saying, is that it’s quite the experience and although I have many other places that I would rather go see, before returning to the French Quarter again, I certainly don’t regret my stay.
A couple of weeks ago I finally made it to Chicago for the first time! And while the weather was anything but cooperative, I still found a chance to continue what I hope to be an entertaining iPhonography series. In an earlier post I shared with you a few images from a recent trip to Boston. So, in the interest of keeping the series alive, here are some images from Chicago. All of the images here are taken on my iPhone 5s, with the exception of the final image in the post, which was actually taken from my hotel room window with my GoPro Hero 3. After shooting the image with the GoPro, I saved the image directly to my phone using the GoPro app, and edited the image once again with the Photoshop app for iPhone ( which I featured in an earlier post ), along with the images actually taken on the phone. I found Chicago to be a very photographic city, even with 19 inches of snow on the ground! For a gentleman from the south, snow of any kind is a rarity, but 19 inches is something you only see on tv! Nonetheless, I refused to let some frozen precipitation hold me back from seeing some of the city. Although I didn’t see as much of the city as I would have liked, I did hit some high points that I highly recommend, one being the Bean of Millennium Park, and of course the Art Museum! I do hope to get back to Chi-town and photograph the city some more, but I do plan to visit in the spring or summer next time! I will follow up this post soon with some images taken from a real camera and not just my phone, but I do hope you enjoy these!
Yesterday while walking down Washington avenue in downtown Boston, I stopped to take a skyline photo that I found intriguing. All while trying not to be run over by cars, bikers and passing pedestrians, which is no small task in this city! After running the image trough the iPhone Photoshop app (which is free), I came up with three variations that I really enjoyed. This app is very user friendly, even for you folks who don’t consider yourself a photographer! Though these days I’m hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t fancy themselves a photographer. But I digress. Below you will find four variations of the same skyline of Boston, the first of which is the original photo, completely unfiltered. The last three are variations from the Photoshop app, which you can find here. Adobe Photoshop Express by Adobe
If you don’t have this app, then I highly recommend that you rectify that situation! Enjoy the images!