I am apparently taking a lot of pictures now that it’s summer “vacation” time. This past weekend, I went to New Orleans with the local photography club. It wasn’t the best of photo-taking trips, although for it being almost June, it was a lovely day in the French Quarter.
Usually I sign up for things like this group shoot and then find some way to get myself out of it. At my heart, I am an introvert. I think I must wish that I was an extrovert because I put myself in situations that require me to get up and get out among people. I’m constantly waging a battle against wanting to do and not wanting to do. Often, I will go ahead and do, knowing that once I am in the thick of it, I will enjoy it. That wasn’t the case with this trip.
At one point in the three hour journey to New Orleans (which normally only lasts an hour – hour and a half), I had an incredibly strong desire to turn the car around and throw dueces in the rearview. I didn’t.
But I should have.
When you’re in New Orleans, what you want to do is dive right in to experiencing New Orleans, particularly if you’ve been there before. I didn’t go with an idea of what I wanted to shoot, and to be honest, I’ve shot in New Orleans so many times that I really was just looking for something to catch my eye – which meant I really just wanted to wander and explore. New Orleans isn’t really the place to do that by your lonesome, though, and it’s certainly not the place to wander around with an expensive camera unprotected (if the swamp freaks me out, imagine what it’s like for me in a place like New Orleans).
In the end, we stayed near Jackson Square and the Riverfront, which is OK. It’s where I managed to capture these iconic New Orleans Street Cars, pulling into the station and leaving.
Street cars are an inexpensive way to navigate New Orleans…if you can find a seat on some of the busier routes. There have been times, particularly trying to catch the streetcar on St. Charles where we have just decided to say “screw it” and walk…either the wait was too long or there was no discernible way to squeeze into the space. They aren’t just a tourist attraction either. You’ll find people taking them to work or home or for their shopping excursions.
Stay tuned for more pictures from New Orleans in the next week or so. (Hey – are you following me on Instagram??? I post a few more photos over there, so go check it out!)