Preparing for New Orleans

0779_32Preparations are under way for New Orleans next month. The mattes and frames for the prints will be arriving at the studio in the next day or two, and the prints will be finished by the weekend. Following that, they will be signed, editioned and packed to be shipped to the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery two weeks before the February 7th opening so they have time to plan and hang the Desire exhibition.

I’m planning to arrive a day early, knowing that flying out of Chicago in mid-winter is never a sure thing, so I’m allowing an extra day in case there is a snow storm. I’m staying a few days past the Saturday night’s opening to attend the post opening discussion with Mayumi Lake on Sunday evening and to have a nice break from the cold Chicago weather.

My hotel of choice in the Garden District, The Columns, is booked, so I’ll have to hunt for somewhere else to stay nearby. But I like a new adventure and sometimes it’s good to try new things.

The photograph above I made on the second floor balcony of The Columns the last time I was in New Orleans about 10 years ago. The Garden District is a beautiful area with huge mansions, many with stunning wrap around porches. Quite the unique place.

0780_03A trolley runs up and down St. Charles and is a great way to get to the French Quarter from the Garden District. I’m looking forward to taking it to one of my favorite places there, Café du Monde for delicious cafe au lait and melt in your mouth beignets. Seems like we would always start and end the day there and I can’t wait to visit again.

But before that happens, one of my two new interns this semester is starting with me tomorrow, and not a moment too soon. We’re only two weeks into 2009 and already I can tell this is going to be a busy and wonderful year. There are lots of projects underway and it will be good to have a few more sets of hands to help me out.

Now if the temperature would just get above zero.

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