New Orleans Cemeteries - Travel Photography - Lafayette #1 and St. Louis #2
Before I was a wedding photographer, before I'd ever taken a single (real) portrait, I spent hours and hours wandering around cemeteries with all sorts of different cameras. I first photographed statues, then headstones, and I learned how to read light, and composition, and how to bring all of that together. The cemetery really is where I taught myself to be a photographer. I recently read the memoir of photojournalist Lynsey Addario, It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War. In the book she discusses her start as a photographer "I was too shy to turn my camera on people, so I photographed flowers, cemeteries, peopleless landscapes." It struck me how accurate that was to my learning as well. That so much of it was my shyness to approach strangers (or anyone really) to photograph. That I was simply avoiding people altogether. Fast forward several years, and I spend 95% of my time taking photos of people, and I love it. But every now and then I need to take the time to get away from it. To wander. To remember how it all started, and shoot for only me. But most of the time now, nobody ever sees those photos. I may or may not even edit them. It's so much more about the act of doing it, and not the final product. So, that being said...I'm finally sharing these photos that I took almost exactly one year ago. I traveled to New Orleans last October, to do a bit of wandering with camera. These are mostly from Lafayette Cemetery #1, though there are a few at the end of the gallery from St Louis #2. St Louis was difficult, because the general public is no longer allowed in without being part of a tour. And that just isn't the way I shoot (again, I wander), so I spent much more time at Lafayette. I got there at the crack of dawn to avoid the crowds and meet the morning light. I knew that New Orleans Cemeteries were unlike any others, and Lafayette did not disappoint. The place is magical, and you really do feel like you've been transported into another place right when you walk through the gates (common to all the good cemeteries). Take a look...I hope that you enjoy!
Photo Nerd Info - All images taken with a Nikon D610 and mostly all are with a Sigma 35 1.4 Art, though a few were with a Nikon 85 1.8G. Processed using Tribe Red Leaf and Tribe Archipelago.