Read part 2 of Ruben Reynosos guest post on Louisiana:
If you’ve never been to New Orleans, you’ll be amazed when you first walk through the famous French Quarter! The “Quarter” looks pretty harmless in the daylight, but comes alive at night. The people you find in the area are friendly as can be, giving a cheerful good morning and a nod everywhere you go, and the food will have you loosening your belt every evening.
I spent some time in New Orleans, getting there in the morning just as the delta fog was lifting from the streets and last nights partying was being washed from the sidewalks. Still open bars, with patrons sitting on stools, shared the same block as nightclubs, and voodoo shops.
Wrought iron balconies burst beautifully with flowers and vines, while New orleans Jazz mixed with the sound of garbage trucks, the clip-clop of horses pulling carriages and clinking bottles from last night’s festivities, and created a crazy soundtrack that just seemed to float through the air.
I photographed everything I could, almost overwhelmed by the colors and the brightness of the light. I could feel the energy of the French Quarter, it seemed to engulf everything, including myself. People smiled as they walked to work, tourists walked around looking up at everything, and even the patrons stumbling from one bar to another seemed to be in cheerful moods! Laissez les bons temps rouler for sure! The whole trip was the epitome of this saying! The good times followed me from the streets of the French Quarter, to the waters of the delta.
Our last day there, we went down to the Mississippi River Bridge to shoot the sun coming up over the water. Again, the astonishing beauty of the area just took my breath away. I watched as the sun rose up over the river; tugboats and ferries crossed the water as the sky turned orange, then blue and bright. Louisiana had captured my heart, and I, in turn, hoped I had captured it’s light with my photographs.
Project: Reuben has been working as a cameraman on a new travel/fishing show, which has taken him to such exotic locales as the Amazon and Mexico, where he’s had the chance to document the local culture for his new project. His yet untitled project involves documenting the local people of the countries he visits to in order to show that we are, at our basic core, all alike, in the hopes of destroying stereotypes. He would like to thank Fjällräven for their continued support with his project.