People of Mardi Gras 2018
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is my favorite time of the year and I've celebrated it every year of my life. It's a time when people take to the streets and party. Letting go and indulging in their there "sins" before (maybe) giving them up for lent. Yea it's rooted in catholic tradition and before that rooted in pagan celebrations. I don't know much about all that. I just know what it is to me- a collective party. I've spent the past five years making portraits, shooting street photography, and interviewing people in the streets trying to put into a larger perspective and to understand what it is and what it means to other people. If we can understand what it means to each individual maybe we can get an understanding of what means to our city.
NO 2018 IS NOT A TYPO. lol
For this series I have been using a technique where I wait a year to process and develop my negatives. These were all shot in 2018 and developed a month ago in my kitchen sink. Why though? SO I forget what I shoot. It helps me cull my images and pick out good photos from bad.
There's a certain type of feeling when shooting when you nail a shot(or think you nail a shot) Maybe something happened in your frame when you shot it, or for what ever reason you felt really good about the image you just clicked. Just because you get that feeling doesn't necessarily make it a good shot. So by waiting a year I can forget those feelings, and I can look at the work more objectivly
More shots on instgram @peopleofmardigras check 'em out.