NOLA: People 1

Posted on 3:50 AM by jr cline | 0 comments

Do you find people interesting?  I do. They are one of my favorite subjects to photograph.
I read somewhere that one of the three things that makes a person interesting is their contribution (good or bad) to our culture.  In the context of that web site, that meant famous.  I think being famous has little to do with a person's contribution to their culture other than the scope of that influence.
 
On the Do Something Cool web site I found four more characteristics of interesting people:
1.  Risk taking
2.  Curiosity
3.  Opinionated
4.  Presence
I'm not going to elaborate on those four.  If you want to know more about them, visit the web site. 
  
There are many reasons I love photography.  One is a photograph's ability to convey a story.
  
The appearance and/or actions of all the people in these photos caught my attention.  The feelings and/or thoughts they evoked were as varied as their appearance.
  
This man was talkative, funny, and talented. He entertained us for a long time.
   
“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.” ~  Fydor Dostoevsky
   
There were several street bands and individual musicians (including a couple of one-man bands).  Street performers are looking for attention and don't mind being photographed as a general rule. 
   
Dropping some money in the cup is the right thing to do especially if I'm taking a lot of shots.
I'll probably spend more time taking pictures of street performers on my next trip to the French Quarter.
  
“The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.” ~ Frank Barron


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