The Bourbon Run, June 2001

By , June 30, 2001 10:53 pm
Bayou Pierre, Northwestern Louisiana

Bayou Pierre, Northwestern Louisiana

One of my best friends, Ann Kelley, loved New Orleans, and had been asking me to take her with me the next time I went to visit my sister Nicole.

Day 1: We departed around 10 am from Ada for the 12 hour drive to New Orleans. At 10 pm, we arrived and immediately went for pizza at Italian Pie. They made a veggie pizza for me with garlic instead of cheese. It was the most garlic I have ever eaten in one sitting.

I shot this through a window of Nicole's car as we drove through downtown New Orleans.

I shot this through a window of Nicole’s car as we drove through downtown New Orleans.

Nicole and Ann at City Park, New Orleans

Nicole and Ann at City Park, New Orleans

Day 2: We’ve been tired and/or sleepy all day. In the morning, we moved my sister into her new kitchen and office. Sushi for lunch. Nap, grocery run, walked the dog. At around 5 pm, we shot at a pink painted rail bridge then made our way to City Park. By 9 pm we were at Deanie’s, where we gorged on potatoes, beans and rice, and onion rings.

Day 3: In a style consistent with New Orleans life, we aren’t really starting until lunch, and end up dining as late as 10 pm. It’s quite opposite from my desert jaunts when I’m out the door by sunrise.

We had lunch of French Fries Po Boy down the street from Nicole’s at Weavers.

Grand Isle State Park was neat. We drove past bayous, fishing villages, shipyards. The park was nearly deserted due to approach of Tropical Storm Allison. The beach was stormy and warm.

Ann lays in the surf at Grand Isle State Park.

Ann lays in the surf at Grand Isle State Park.

Day 4: Rain was heavy at times, all day, so it was museum day. At the Museum of Modern Art, Ann was so mesmerized by the paintings that we left her there and went to the D-Day Museum, since this was D-Day. I didn’t shoot much, but found it all very interesting.

Dinner was a highly spicy affair at an African place, a meal like none I’d had before.

Nicole in the surf, Grand Isle State Park, Louisiana

Nicole in the surf, Grand Isle State Park, Louisiana

Ashtray and window, French Quarter, New Orleans

Ashtray and window, French Quarter, New Orleans

 

Day 5: We had lunch at the Hummingbird, downtown, where a sign there says, “No talking to imaginary people.” We made a few passable images in the French Quarter, fighting driving rain.

Additional images:

Ann Kelley under a canal bridge, New Orleans

Ann Kelley under a canal bridge, New Orleans

Front stoop at a house in the French Quarter.

Front stoop at a house in the French Quarter.

This view looks down through spiral wooden stairs at Grand Isle State Park.

This view looks down through spiral wooden stairs at Grand Isle State Park.

Surf and pier, Grand Isle State Park

Surf and pier, Grand Isle State Park

Broad view, surf and pier, Grand Isle State Park

Broad view, surf and pier, Grand Isle State Park

Walkway, Grand Isle State Park

Walkway, Grand Isle State Park

Ann photographs Nicole in City Park.

Ann photographs Nicole in City Park.

Fence in Industrial Canal.

Fence in Industrial Canal.

Painted Bridge.

Painted Bridge.

Nicole on the French Quarter in the rain.

Nicole on the French Quarter in the rain.

Bridge beams in the Industrial Canal.

Bridge beams in the Industrial Canal.

Ann reads a paper at Weaver's Po Boy.

Ann reads a paper at Weaver’s Po Boy.

I spotted this doorway on the French Quarter.

I spotted this doorway on the French Quarter.

This image made on the French Quarter has the tonal qualities of a 150-year-old image.

This image made on the French Quarter has the tonal qualities of a 150-year-old image.

My sister's next door neighbor sits in Nicole's yard to sketch.

My sister’s next door neighbor sits in Nicole’s yard to sketch.

Nicole poses at the Painted Bridge.

Nicole poses at the Painted Bridge.

The Sea at Grande Isle State Park, whipped up by Tropical Storm Allison.

The Sea at Grande Isle State Park, whipped up by Tropical Storm Allison.

The French Quarter in a drenching rain.

The French Quarter in a drenching rain.

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