Abstraction and Shapes: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Geometric Abstraction

Used to be, I could spend hours shooting different angles and vistas in the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans. Now you have to be a part of an official tour group. Why? Rampant vandalism.

Thanks, assholes! Brilliant damn idea to vandalize a cemetery.

how faux-emo of you; gosh, you just rage against the machine; much point made painting a famous tomb a hideous bright pink. MUCH.POINT.MADE.; no narcissists here; fake anarchists

Angles Blocking and Hidden Horizon

The light side:

At first, the Catholic Church refused visitors other than family members of the deceased. I completely understand. It took thousands of dollars to clean up the stupid mess. I’m not religious, but I do respect history and the emotional connection people have to geographical locations and certain architectural structures. (No, really. I am attached to a couple of tangible items and would be sad if they were damaged by some dumbass.)

The church then decided that visitors would be allowed as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult AKA a tour guide. Considering what (fake anarchist) people were doing, this is a fair outcome.

Also, I learned a great deal about body decomposition in New Orleans. If I had just been focusing on taking pictures, I would not have learned what I did from my tour guide. The pressure of having two kids with me along with the time limitations also led me to make abstractions and focus on angles instead of documenting the place. I hadn’t done that in the past.

Tour: French Quarter Phantoms  I took two tours from them with Sam, who has a passion for the history of New Orleans. I love historians! Knowledge is power. It’s the one thing no one can take from you.


I visited the aircraft carrier USS Lexington this past weekend. There are about 20 different planes on exhibit. Did I write down which one this was? No. And now I am mad that I can’t link to non-artsy photos of it. :/

I follow a blogger Amateur Airplanes who might enjoy a trip to the Lex. There is an extensive collection of model airplanes by Texas hobbyists on board.

I would have posted a picture of the collection, but the lens I was using just wasn’t doing the exhibit justice. I was using a fish eye to distort items. I didn’t gain anything by distorting the planes.

At the distance necessary to capture detail of model planes, a fish eye lens behaves much like your “regular” wide angle lens. Except that it grabs in a lot of background that you don’t want. I had left the Micro Nikkor macro lens in the car. I regret that decision.