Fuji Neopan (1 of 3)

I shot a lot of black and white towards the end of my “shooting season”–I don’t like to shoot during summer, I’m not a native southerner and I simply can’t withstand the heat and humidity. I had 3 rolls of Neopan (all shot in the Wide & Slim) that I sent to Dwayne’s  at once; I’m ready to move on from Neopan but the rolls I have are all expired and I want to finish them first. I have Tri-X, Ilford, and Lomography Earl Gray in the fridge and I’m eager to make some comparisons.

Harlem Plantation in Plaquemines Parish:

Harlem Plantation

Harlem Plantation

Harlem Plantation

Holy Rosary Cemetery in St. Charles Parish (look for the chemical plants in the background):

Holy Rosary Cemetery

Holy Rosary Cemetery

A fragment of the de la Ronde Ruins in St. Bernard Parish:

de la Ronde Ruins

A cane field… somewhere. I think it was Iberville Parish:

Cane field

In other photography news, I’ll have a new camera whenever I’m ready to go back out. A pen friend of mine said he wanted to send me his wife’s old camera and I said sure, I’ll give it a good home. It turned out to be a Minox 35, arguably the smallest full-frame 35mm camera ever made. It’s an EL, the very first model; production started on that model the year before I was born. I just have to find a replacement battery for it, it takes a 5.6v and those fractional volts can be hard to find.

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LOMO LC-A+: the de la Ronde Ruins, Versailles, LA

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de la Ronde Ruins, Versailles, Louisiana

Sunday was absolutely gorgeous weather, mid-70s and very low humidity. I drove to St. Bernard Parish, south of New Orleans, to hunt for the de la Ronde Ruins, which I saw a photo of in Clarence John Laughlin’s Ghosts Along the Mississppi. I found them on a traffic island on LA-46 near the intersection with Paris Road in Chalmette (Versailles never attained town status and is really just a neighborhood of Chalmette), with a bar on one side and some kind of refinery on the other.

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There’s something really sad and forlorn about them. I’m sure Pierre Denis de la Ronde thought that generations of his family would live in this house; in reality, it was inhabited for less than a decade. Construction was completed in 1805, the Battle of New Orleans during The War of 1812 happened less than a mile away. The house was looted and shelled. It burned down in 1873, but it had been an empty shell for decades by then.

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To the left you can see the remains of the flagstone walk at the front of the house.

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de la Ronde’s double oak alley has actually fared better than the house. It led from the river to the front door, and except where they were cut down to build the highway they’re mostly still there. (And by “highway” we’re talking a mostly-rural 2-lane road. Not some 8-lane urban expressway with hundreds of cars roaring past every minute. “Highway” has a different meaning when you live in the south.)

I shot a roll in the LC-A+ and I’ll have those up later this week.

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