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New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade 1907 …

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This is the Rex Parade on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans back in the 1907 Mardi Gras celebration.  The theme for that year was ” Visions on Nations “, with each float being a different country.  I bought the original photograph from someone on Ebay and it was not in very good condition – stains, corners bent and torn, etc.  It took me several hours to get it to look like this, but I think that it is a pretty interesting image.  Parts of Canal Street look like the building on the near right side even today in 2016.  Times have really changed … I don’t see any of these parade goers screaming and waving their arms shouting ” Throw me something Mister! ” or whatever else they do now a days ( and I think you know what I mean … wink, wink ).  If anyone has any images of New Orleans from this time period, I would be interested in seeing what you have.  Thanks for looking and don’t forget that I post frequently and often to my Instagram ( frankphardy ) account.  Hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving … ours was.  Please check back ….

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November 30, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Happy Mardi Gras 2015 …

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Mardi Gras Mask 2_6 Feb 15_RTP  2 _ SFW

Mardi Gras still-life shot back in the 1980’s on black plexiglas.  I might have to go and find me another sheet in the future, I have no idea where this one vanished.  I went and spent a week in Chicago at the PPoA’s headquarters back then in Des Plains with catalog photographer Andrew Foster from Atlanta back in the Eighties. The big rage back then was using black plexiglas for product shots.  When I got back, I went and purchased a 3 x 4 foot sheet.  It was like $200 back then.  I got my monies worth out of it because no one else in my area was using it, then every photographer went out and purchased a sheet and that was the end of that, sort of.  A lot of them had a hard time using it because they used direct lighting and the secret is using bounced lighting … I would bounce my strobes off of various sizes of white cardboard for whatever effect I was trying to achieve. You can see how the lighting in the image above is round and not flat, since I made  about a 10″ round white cardboard reflector to bounce my single strobe-light off of.  Well, that is your photo lesson for today.  Thanks for looking, and as usual, all comments are welcomed and appreciated … Frank

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February 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

Mardi Gras 1980 Something …

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Mardi Gras _ RTP _ 5_7_14   SFW

Not sure of the exact year that this image was taken at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  That is the reason that I titled this 1980 something … I would guess that it was late in the 1980’s though.  I first went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans back in 1972 and it was really wide open back in those days … pretty much anything was allowed.  You could buy glass bottles of any drink that you wanted and most of that was Boone’s Farm Wine – Apple mostly.  I always thought that it was the worst thing I ever tasted, but I bet they went through a million bottles of the juice that year.  In fact, I do not know if that even make the stuff any more.  I always look at these images and wonder who these people could be and whatever happened to them, not that I knew any of these people.  I was always surprised what people would do whenever that had a camera pointed at them.  I guess that they where not worried that their parole or probation officer would ever run across any of their antics in print.  Thanks for looking and if you feel like sharing any of your Mardi Gras experiences ( that is fit for family reading ), please be my guest.  Please check back … Frank

PS – NO, this is not Gene Simmons and the original KISS guys … Or at least I hope not!!!



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May 7, 2014 at 6:41 pm