It’s that time of year, again. It’s Mardi Gras, and though I’m not there, I’m thinking of all my friend in my spiritual home – sending big love to you all!
I had the amazing opportunity a few weeks a ago to share my love for New Orleans and Instagram, at the same time. The New Yorker Magazine invited me to be a guest Instagrammer for their feed while I traveled to New Orleans for Halloween and Day of the Dead. Here are some of my fave images from the trip…
You can see more of my pixelated camera phone photos if you follow me on Instagram at @misslaurendarling.
The geographer Peirce Lewis called New Orleans the “inevitable city on an impossible site.” The wildlife that flourishes mirrors the human life that flourishes. These photos are from a new body of work I’m working on about this metaphor – weeds push through the cement, vines crawl through fences, and friends’ and acquaintances’ characters shine through the dust and sweat that makes up the City.
I see the city as magical hub of growth, hope, and resilience as reflected through its landscape and its people. Whether my subjects are native to the area or come from other places, they each contribute to the life and culture of New Orleans making it a vibrant place in which to live and create. I am constantly inspired by their strength and eccentricities, and each image is a gesture of admiration and an opportunity for me to celebrate their beauty.
Two weeks ago I got to spend an amazing weekend with Rusty Lazer, Nicky Da B, and Diplo shooting stills on the video shoot for Nicky Da B’s new single he did with Diplo. Watch Express Yourself here.