The Gallery: TreesMarch 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Posted in The Gallery | 1 Comment
Tags: Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Sticky Fingers, The Gallery
This picture was taken in New Orleans when my husband and I travelled the world in 2007. Hurricane Katrina struck two years earlier, devastating the area. We stayed in a ramshackled backpackers lodge surrounded by boarded up houses and desolate shopping arcades.
Yet if you took the tram up to the French Quarter, it was a buzzing and vibrant hub of activity. And the main high street showed no signs of tradegy. The huge overbearing Gucci, Prada and other designer outlets gave the impression of huge wealth. But under the bridges surrounding the Superdome lay homeless people sleeping rough. It felt wrong.
When we visited the French Quarter traces of Mardi Gras remained. If you look closely you can see the strings of beads hanging from the tree. The plastic beads are thrown to revellers from the carnival floats and I think in years gone by, women threw them from their balconies to men in the street as an invite to come and ‘keep them company’.
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