She adored New Orleans. She idolized it all out of proportion.
No — Make that: She romanticized it all out of proportion.
To her, no matter what the situation was, this was still a town that could dance to the screeching of adversity and pulsate to the great tunes of Louis Armstrong.
Uh…no. Let me start this over.
She was too romantic about New Orleans, as she was about everything else. She thrived on the color, cacophony, and nostalgia that saturated the air. To her, New Orleans meant boozy evenings spent over bourbon and conversations with people she’d never met — people who had stories to share.
Ah, too corny.
Let me…try and make it more profound.
She adored New Orleans. To her, it was a metaphor for humanity’s ability to transform an ugly reality into a beautiful surrealist dream. The same potential that may or may not lead the town of her dreams into the downward spiral of escapism…
No, it’s gonna be too preachy. I mean, face it, this is just a photo essay.
She was as lively and melancholic as the city she loved. Behind her joie de vivre was the graceful sensuality of a slow healing broken heart.
I love this.
New Orleans was and always will be.
~ By Himani Sood.
India House Hostel, New Orleans – the ideal hostel for the backpacking types. An extremely warm and welcoming environment, decent rooms (single sex and doubles are also available), and great hangover food.
NOLA Architecture Porn: The shotgun house was the most popular style of house from the mid-19th century to the 1920s. Typical shotgun houses had rooms lined up one behind the other – not the most ideal for those who enjoy their privacy. Nevertheless, the narrowness and length of the house allowed for the free flow of air during the hot summer months in the subtropical region. Many shotgun houses have been bulldozed, or preserved for the sake of architectural and cultural heritage.
Pure bliss on Clarissa’s face at the commencement of a Crawfish feast. Louisiana is the highest supplier of Crayfish within the United States. These crustaceans are mostly eaten boiled with a cob of corn on the side. Definitely a must-have for any seafood lover visiting Louisiana.
Steamboats played a major role in the 19th-century development of the Mississippi River by allowing large-scale transport of passengers and freight. These steamboats can still be seen around New Orleans, with some functioning as touristy cruise ships.
In this building on 24 June 1973, in the upstairs lounge thirty-two people lost their lives in one of the worst fires of New Orleans. The incident gave rise to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Movement in New Orleans.
The Feline Curator
Greek revival art styles and wrought iron fences set against the backdrop of a wall made of “slave brick” – a kind of brick conducive to the subtropical climate of Louisiana.
Rastafari, a faith born in the slums of colonial Jamaica, is a call for repatriation back to the African motherland. Today, Rastafari unites all oppressed peoples in the fight against capitalism and white hegemony.
Although popularly known for topless girls and the abundance of booze, Mardi Gras holds a very spiritual place in the heart of every native New Orleanian. The Mardi Gras parade hosts several floats, all of which are designed over the course of a year. This photo was taken in the studio of several artists working on one float in particular.
The Voodoo Museum is a giant farce! Do not go there unless you want to for the sake of being ironic or if you don’t believe me. Real Louisianian voodoo went underground as soon as it started to acquire a reputation as a tourist attraction.
Gambling was considered a vice by many white settlers in New Orleans. However, these elites could afford to indulge in liquor, games, and illicit women within the privacy of their own homes.
Debjani Mitra ’15 at a hole in the wall on Magazine Street