Abita Mystery House

Saturday was probably the last Lomographers of Acadiana meetup. As mentioned, not enough people have been showing up in the past year to make it worth the nearly $200 a year I pay in organizer dues. The dues expire on Saturday; the other members will have 2 weeks to take over the group, and if no one does it will dissolve. It would be nice if someone took it over, but only if they actually keep the meaning of the group intact. Digital photographers were for some reason constantly trying to join the group, even though the fact that it was a group FOR FILM SHOOTERS was laid out in no uncertain terms, at several points in the joining process. If someone takes it over and decides they don’t care what anyone is shooting, I don’t really see the point. There are already a dozen meetup groups for digital photography in Louisiana. But obviously I’m not going to have any control over what happens to the group once I’m no longer in charge of it, so I’m just going to let it go.

Anyway, it was at the Abita Mystery House (and yes, one other person showed up!) in Abita Springs. It’s an homage to the classic roadside attractions that littered American highways before the Interstate Highway System was built in the 1950s. It’s full of dioramas, folk art, collections, weird signage, and things that defy easy description. If you’re a fan of the show American Pickers, you may recognize it.

These are just some cell phone shots; I also shot some Fuji Superia in the Yashica, but I didn’t finish the roll.

Abita Mystery House

Air-Conditioned

Grand Isle Fish

Horrifying alligator-skull thing

Alligator-horse on a bicycle

Hot Sauce House

Googly-eyes President Washington

That's not how you spell patio

Bottle cap door

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Lomographers of Acadiana: Algiers Point, NOLA

This was October’s meetup. Algiers is an old neighborhood, only the French Quarter is older. It’s on the Westbank, but because of the way that the Mississippi River curves around New Orleans, it’s geographically east of the Eastbank neighborhoods. And the most direct way to get there from western Louisiana is to cross the river twice: first via the Hale Boggs Bridge in St. Charles Parish; then again within the city, via either the Canal Street Ferry or the Crescent City Connection.

It’s a quiet neighborhood, mostly residential, since tourists rarely bother to cross the river. It’s really pretty though, I could see living there if I lived in NOLA. It felt like a real place, and not like the amusement park that the French Quarter and even some of the adjacent neighborhoods sometimes feel like.

Some of these were taken with the Smena 8M and some with the Polaroid Z2300.

French Quarter from across the river

Algiers Point is directly across the river from the French Quarter, you can see St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo.

Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church

The door to the organ loft was open in this Catholic church, so Hope and I poked around up there. I guess this leads into the bell tower.

Opelousas Street

Algiers Point is supposedly Hoodoo Central in NOLA, but none of the rootworkers advertise. I guess people just know about them if they live in the city and are into it. I’m positive that this place–which looked like a store building, not a house, but didn’t have any signage and had a residential-type door–was one of them.

Preston B. Delcazel Memorial Park

The Snow Dome

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lomographers of acadiana: avery island

 


679884-R1-23-1A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Choot ’em. But only with a camera, because Avery Island is an animal sanctuary.

 


679884-R1-04-20A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


679884-R1-20-4A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


679883-R1-12-12A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

This little temple contains a Buddha statue that’s almost 1,000 years old. Funny place for it to end up.

 


679883-R1-07-17A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

We’re not having a regular meetup this month, because I’m attending a NOPA workshop about how to write grant proposals. It starts at 9:00, which means I’d have to get up at like 5:30, which, ugh. But learning how to actually get paid to take photos is worth it.

audubon aquarium of the americas

I’ve been trying to find indoor shoots for the meetup group, for obvious reasons. This was supposed to be last month’s, but no one was able to go. The aquarium in New Orleans is no Monterey Bay or Steinhart, but it’s a good way to spend an afternoon.

Some of these were taken with Kodak Portra 400VC, which I recently found out has been discontinued. “VC” stood for “vivid color”, as opposed to “NC” or “natural color”, which has also been discontinued. Kodak merged both into one film, so basically now there’s only one choice that’s too dull to be vibrant, and too bright to make good portraits. Don’t you love it when giant corporations mess with something that was already perfect and wind up with something no one wants to use?