Natchitoches Parish, LA

I went up to Natchitoches the Saturday after Thanksgiving to go to a local crafts show at the events center. I didn’t find anything I really felt the desire to spend money on–for some reason, it seemed like half the vendors were selling handmade bath bombs, which is… kind of a dated trend?–but I don’t count it as a wasted trip, as there were some things in the parish I’ve been wanting to photograph. (I’ve already photographed the town). As always, these are cell phone shots and film shots will follow when I finish shooting the roll and get them developed.

Slave cabins at Magnolia Plantation:

Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia Plantation

St. Augustine, which was built by free black planters who sat in the front pews ahead of white parishioners (decades before the Civil War):

St. Augustine

Bay Springs Cemetery, which had another grave house:

Bay Springs Cemetery

Bay Springs Cemetery

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Galveston, Texas: B&W in Ultra Wide & Slim

Old City Cemetery

Bolivar Peninsula

Sacred Heart

Bolivar Point Lighthouse

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St. Leo chapel-in-the-woods, Roberts Cove, LA

This was on the beginning of the black and white roll I shot in Galveston, I had forgotten about it until I got the photos back.

St. Leo chapel in the woods

St. Leo chapel in the woods

St. Leo chapel in the woods

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Galveston, TX: Kodak Ektar in the Smena 8M

Bolivar Point Lighthouse

Sacred Heart

Underneath Murdoch's Bathhouse

ruins of Jean Lafitte's house

Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery

Bolivar Peninsula

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Galveston, Texas

These are just the cell phone shots from my vacation last month, I should be getting the film back this week.

Old City Cemetery:

Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery

No swimming

Fishing jetty

Bolivar Point Lighthouse:

Bolivar Point Lighthouse

Pleasure Pier:

Pleasure Pier

Sacred Heart:

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart

Bishop’s Palace:

Bishop's Palace

Sacred Heart from one of the bedroom windows of Bishop’s Palace:

Sacred Heart from Bishop's Palace

Art on the seawall:

seawall art

underneath Murdoch's

The ruins of Jean Lafitte’s house:

Ruins of Jean Lafitte's house

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I took some photos this weekend FINALLY!

You guys! It was still 90 degrees all weekend but I decided I DID NOT CARE, summer should be OVER and maybe if I just act like it is I can end it WITH THE POWER OF MY MIND. Or maybe I was just super-bored and itching to get my finger on a shutter button after WEEKS AND WEEKS AND WEEKS of hiding from the horrible apocalyptic hellsummer of south Louisiana. I went somewhere close to home and got going as early in the day as possible (for a Saturday).

Roberts Cove is a community in Acadia Parish, technically part of the town of Rayne but quite rural. It’s one of many communities in south Louisiana with German heritage; France recruited for colonists pretty heavily in the Catholic areas Germany. Roberts Cove was actually predominantly German-speaking right into the 20th century, when WWI put a stop to that. But many buildings in town still bear distinctive Bavarian architectural details, such as the tiny “chapel in the woods” on the grounds of St. Leo. (Although in this case the “woods” is a single enormous live oak.)

These are just cell phone shots, but I shot some black and white, too (still trying to shoot my way through all of the Fuji Neopan that I hoarded).

St. Leo woods chapel

St. Leo woods chapel

St. Leo woods chapel - pieta

St. Leo woods chapel

St. Leo woods chapel

Not an ambitious shoot, but a charming subject and a good one to ease back into the routine.

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Fuji Neopan (3 of 3)

At the pow wow:

Monacan Nation pow wow

Monacan Nation pow wow

This Indian Mission schoolhouse (where my grandfather went to school) and Episcopal Church on Bear Mountain:

Indian Mission Schoolhouse

Indian Mission Schoolhouse & Episcopal Church

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