Welcome to another (Almost) Wordless Wednesday! This year I’m using my Wednesday posts to stretch myself photographically and to really improve my practice – both in terms of my in-camera photography and in my post-processing skills. To that end, I’m participating in the Dogwood Photography 52 Week Challenge. Each week is a different theme, although they run in a pattern – moving from portraiture to landscape to artistic expression.
This week the assignment is “Faceless Portraits.” I had another idea for these shots, but as I was going through my Mardi Gras photos, I realized that there were some great faceless portraits…that tell part of a person’s story. It seems that last piece – the storytelling – which has tripped up folks in the group.
I’ve long said that Mardi Gras is a family-friendly affair, and that is due in large part to an extremely heavy police presence. You can’t go more than half a block before running into an officer. That heavy police presences exacts a toll, though. Officers are on their feet from before the first parade rolls until after the last one passes by. Depending on how many floats are in a krewe and whether there are mechanical issues, that can make for a 16-18 hour day for the officers.
They watch the merriment roll by, always watching and trying to nip problems in the bud before they come crisis situations.
It gets to be a really long day, but many officers are in the same spot year after year, getting to know the families who return to those same spots year after year. In fact, each of the four years that we have been on the corner of St. Charles and Common, we’ve seen the same officer.
Not all of these are the best photos, but I felt like they conveyed the sense of wariness, fatigue, and even enjoyment. The men and women of NOPD are the reason why Mardi Gras is such an outstanding event that we love returning to.
Next week’s challenge is panoramic landscape, which I’m a little nervous about. Folks in the group are talking about stitching photos together in Photoshop and such so it’s going to be a really challenge for me. Anyone out there have any pointers?