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Generation Gap: 1937

Generation Gap: 1937

New Orleans circa 1937. "Courtyard at 1133-1135 Chartres Street." Young and old, hangin' with the laundry. The head count here is three, the foot count nine. 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Streetcar

Stanley: Stella!!

Porgy and Bess

On seeing the photo I was immediately reminded of the early stage set renditions for "Porgy and Bess" as in the rendition below from the 1930s:

You win!

Rip Tragle, I missed that one.
But I am still not sure if the two boys really have two feet each, let be it that I could count them!

As a photographer I really

As a photographer I really like this shot. There is a very nice balance to the photo. I want to wander through the archway, across the street and into the courtyard in the distance, just to see what is there. The two legs sticking out in the distance are what draw me in that direction.

I wonder how much of the interesting detail we see in this image would be lost if the image had been taken with a digital camera.

Missing Socks - The Scourge of Mankind

I just knew there would be an odd number of white socks hanging on the line (five in this case).

+75

This address is now a wonderful hotel called the Soniat House. I stayed there back in Feb, 2012 and here is a shot of what I think is the same courtyard.

Soniat House Hotel

As mentioned in This thread the building is still there and is now the Soniat House Hotel.

It still amazes me how the homes of New Orleans have survived.

Change of Perspective

I thought this looked familiar. I'm not sure which I prefer. This one tends to draw me out to the arches across the street while the other draws my focus to the scene in this courtyard. Two good examples of what a minor change in location does to what catches one eye.

Good One!

Is this a shoe of a camera-shy someone?

This is one great photograph

In subject and composition.

 
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