The New Orleans photo set is finally done. Visit and see how I was right there at Ellis Marsalis's feet, totally in Jane Fonda's personal space, and couldn't get a full shot of Kerry Washington to save my life. Oh, there's a shot of Val Kilmer's head in there also, but you can't tell it's him. The sighting led to repeated utterances of Top Gun quotes.
"I don't like you because you're DANGEROUS, man."
The celebrity sightings were only a small part of an absolutely wonderful experience in one of the best cities in the world. I still find it among the most photogenic and inspiring places I've ever been. I saw Habitat For Humanity's Musicians' Village, the lower 9th Ward and the devastated fishing community of Chalmette. I saw more craziness in the French Quarter and thousands of women crying and singing in the Superdome. I danced and took photos with hundreds of strangers in direct view of the Mississippi River. I spent some great time with my mom and my sister and our friend Kelly. I woke up in a cozy bed in a gorgeous room looking out over St. Charles Avenue, with the sun streaming in through the windows, and I believed I hadn't been happier in months.
I also laid down on the sidewalk to take pictures of discarded Mardi Gras beads. I loved this trip and I hope it shows.