Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Louis Armstrong's Chops

Leave it to PBS to produce another truly wonderful show.  Blank on Blank is a show of lost interviews, all set to really cool animation.  I don't know how long it's been around, but they have an amazing list of lost interviews with fascinating people.  Louis Armstrong's was particularly good.  Check it out, then check 'em all out.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dear Boston

Tomorrow marks one year since the tragic and senseless Boston Marathon bombings.  My good friend and photographer Robert X. Fogarty of Dear World recently went up to Boston to document some of the victims returning to the finish line for the first time.  His portraits are haunting and powerful.

The thought of going back to that spot for the first time must have been terrifying.  Of course, the physical danger may be gone, but our thoughts can be just as dangerous.  What happened next was amazing.

Going back to the spot where their lives were changed forever was healing.  Going back changed them.  It was defiant.  It gave them control back.  It gave them their lives back.  You can see their healing in the portraits.    

Just watch the video above and then check out the amazing and inspiring portraits here.

It's already been picked up by the Huffington Post, USA Today, The Today Show, and many others.

You can help support his project by sharing his project here.  Please, take two seconds to help out.

As Robert said, "Thank you for sharing yours here.  As you heal, know you inspire the rest of us to be better, still."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Super Sunday 2014

Twice delayed due to the threat of thunderstorms, Super Sunday finally happened on an absolutely perfect day.  If you've been following my work for any amount of time, you know that Super Sunday is one of my favorite days in the city.  Legend has it that the tradition of dressing up as Indians goes back to the late 1800's, out of respect for the Indians who would help the runaway slaves of the south.  Whether that's true or not I don't think anyone knows, but it makes for a great story.  For a while there it was quite a violent affair, but in recent years has been transformed into a competition of beauty.  Thanks Tootie.  

But my love for this day goes far beyond the insanely beautiful suits and awesome tradition.  (And they are beautiful.  They cost thousands of dollars and take an entire year to make...they are truly art.)  Perhaps more than anything else, it's about the community coming out and celebrating the beauty together.  It doesn't matter who you are.  Old/young...black/white...tourist/local...hipster/hippie...it don't matter.  Everyone has a smile on their face.  Everyone is happy.  Everyone is a New Orleanian.  And that, good reader, is a thing of beauty.  

Enjoy the photos.  Twas a Super Sunday indeed.

I met Wendell Pierce out there, just watching the Indians.  He could not have been nicer.  He seemed truly excited to talk to me, a complete stranger.

This picture is what it's all about.

This explains a lot...

Until next year...