Forgotten in a desk drawer film roll #2

This was shot during my Mississippi road trip last spring–and I’m going back at the end of the month, so that’s appropriate. I’m taking Halloween off, because I needed to schedule 7 days off during the last 3 months of the year, and all the good days around Christmas were taken but not Halloween and it’s a Friday. I’m really, really hoping I can get back to Rodney, which I had to skip last trip because it had rained so much–getting there entails driving a few miles on a completely unpaved road. (I’m also hoping Mom will let me borrow her truck.)

Most of the roll is of the Windsor Ruins; a lot of the shots are underexposed because of how overcast it was all weekend. Still, I kind of like that, because they look how it felt. It was very oppressive.

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Windsor Ruins

Windsor Ruins

Windsor Ruins

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Old Mill with Kudzu

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St. Thomas Cemetery, Pointe a la Hache, LA

St. Thomas Cemetery

The cemetery wasn’t all that interesting, but I liked these peeling old statues found at the back.

St. Thomas Cemetery

St. Thomas Cemetery

The weird swirl they elected to use in place of an O gave me True Detective flashbacks.

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Lomo LC-A+: Fort Pike & Fort Macomb

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Supposed to be nice weather on Saturday, about 70 (I guess that polar vortex thing has stopped pumping out its freezing deathrays… for now) and no rain. I might drive up to Rayne, which is only about a half hour from Abbeville. They have a Catholic cemetery where the burials go in the wrong direction (north-south instead of east-west) and a couple other sites of interest.

I’m also working on an idea inspired by reading Judika Illes’ Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Sages–I’m currently on the Rs. Most of the listings mention major places of veneration, and when there’s one in Louisiana I make a note. I thought it would be cool to photograph them as a series. A couple of them I have already, like the Saint Roch shrine in New Orleans. Apparently there’s a shrine for Santisima Muerte in New Orleans! But first I have to finish the book.

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Lomo LC-A+: Dauphin Island, Alabama

I also shot a roll of 120 in the Diana, I sent that to Dwayne’s Photo earlier this week (along with a roll of 35mm B&W that I have no idea what’s on it).

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Catholic Cemetery

Catholic Cemetery

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

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Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA

A lot of people think Metairie Cemetery is in Metairie, but it is actually within the city limits of NOLA. It got its name because it’s on Metairie Road. I think now that I’ve photographed it, the only major cemetery in NOLA that I haven’t yet photographed is St. Louis No. 2. (Major cemetery; there are probably dozens of smaller ones yet to be discovered.)

It’s one of those enormous cemeteries you can drive around in, and I nearly couldn’t find my way back out. The land used to be a racetrack, and the perimeter of the cemetery still retains the oval shape, so the streets aren’t laid out in a straightforward grid. Instead they snake all over the place, and the place is full of roundabouts. It’s worth it though, the cemetery is famous for huge and bizarre monuments and crypts. Some of these were taken with the digital Polaroid, and some with the Lomo LC-A+.

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This is probably the most famous crypt in the cemetery, it was originally the final resting place of Josie Arlington, who ran a brothel in Storyville. But her family sold it to a family named Morales and re-interred her in a more discreet crypt. Apparently this tomb drew sightseers and her family was mortified by it. Partly because they didn’t like it to be known that there was good money in whorin’, partly because a story got around that the girl represented Josie being turned away at her father’s door. Another version has it that Arlington intended it to represent a virgin being turned away at the doors of the brothel, as she always claimed that no girl ever “lost her virtue” in her establishment. The monument is said to walk around the cemetery at night, visiting other graves; and although Arlington hasn’t been buried there in nearly 100 years, you still often find coins at the feet of the statue.

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This is definitely the weirdest crypt in the cemetery.

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LC-A+: Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, LA

I found this abandoned Catholic high school by accident a couple weeks ago, when I was driving to Breaux Bridge. I’m sure I’ve driven past it before, but never noticed it. I went back there on Saturday (leaving early in a pretty much futile attempt to beat the heat).

It’s behind a chain link fence, but rule #1 of abandoned building photography is never underestimate the power of local teens to make holes in chain link. As it happened, sneaking onto the property turned out to be unnecessary. There was an elderly gent mowing the property, and he said so long as I didn’t try to enter the building I could walk around. The building isn’t safe, some of the floors have collapsed and it’s full of asbestos.

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And the new batteries did the trick, obviously. So this is the 35mm I’m bringing to California.

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