When it comes to travel photography, my default mode is to pack in as many colours as possible in a photo. This is especially true in a city like New Orleans.
I’m a huge fan of vividly colourful photos and colours in general but there are times when even the most colour photos just can not match up to the simplicity that comes with black and white photos.
Black and White photos can sometimes be some of the most powerful photos out there and while I’ve never been fully able to put a finger on why this is the case, my best guess is that stripping away the easy distractions that come with having lots of colours in a photo, leaves you fully focused on the subject in the photos.
You’re no longer distracted by how blue the sky is or how orange that bird or how purple that house is and instead fully focused on what is actually going on in the photo.
New Orleans is a truly vibrant city! (In doubt? Try visiting during Mardi Gras or just head over to Bourbon Street on a weekend, you might surprise yourself at how many people manage to fit onto the street!). It is a very unique American city – it literally has a look, identity and feel that sets it apart from other cities in the US.
Intuitively, New Orleans feels like the kind of city where you need colours in your photos to fully capture the action and sense of adventure however, counter intuitively, I’ve decided to do this in black and white as I feel that’s the best way to showcase what it feels like to be in this amazing city!
One of my favourite aspects of New Orleans is definitely the culture.
It’s very clear that New Orleans has a history that sets it apart from other American cities and you can definitely see this difference (compared to other American cities) when you visit! The food, the music, the accents, the names… there’s just so much that is truly uniquely New Orleans!