New Orleans has been inspiration for my brain for years now. I have writen songs about her and her mysterious ways and I have painted with her in mind. Inspiration is found by the barrel full around here. It is found in the food, the music, the art, the people, the river, the celebrations and street corners. Pretty much wherever you look…Bam! Inspiration.
The key to living in New Orleans is socialization. People…you NEED people to survive here, otherwise at times, it can be rather daunting. I live in what is still a blighted neighborhood, now it’s not as bad as some areas but it’s not too good either. I am surrounded by empty houses, vacant lots, drugs, murders and pot holed streets. I could get all “whoa is me” but that will just make me feel like shit so instead I choose to find inspiration in these things. I dream about who lived in the vancant houses, what is their story and why did they never come back? The empty lots one day will be beautiful community gardens or the spot where someones dream home will be built. There is inspiration in some of the negative if you know how to see it. When I can’t see it, I look to the positives. They are fixing my street and ridding it of all potholes, sure it’s inconvenient and I have sand and gravel in my shotgun (house that is) now but my street will be fixed and I am sure if the shocks on my truck could speak they would thank the city of New Orleans.
So below are pictures taken in New Orleans of celebrations, places and people. I wish I had a picture of the red beans and rice I made tonight but alas I do not so no food pictures which seems such a shame. Anyways this will be Nola part one as I have other photos I have to locate before I can post them. Also I will apologize for the disorderly way the photos are showing up, I’m not so WordPress savvy when it comes to putting pictures in my post.