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This is an October 1995 photograph from the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Shortly after sundown I encountered this group of young boys dancing on the sidewalk in anticipation of donations from tourists. Despite each boy wearing tennis or athletic shoes, dance taps had been affixed to the heel and toe of each shoe, resulting in a form of street tap dancing. At the moment of this photograph the four boys are disagreeing with each other because they had not followed the direction of the lead dancer (the boy on the right) in coordinating their performance. Passing pedestrians are noting the conflict between the boys. In approximate front of each boy is soft drink can box into which tourists were encouraged to deposit coins or cash. On the left side of the photograph is a view into a souvenir shop.

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This photograph was created from a Kodak Tri-X negative scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED and processed via Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop before being printed as a giclee on archival 100% cotton rag fine art paper.

Artistic Differences in New Orleans (1995)


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Michael Whitaker

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