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This is an October 1995 night photograph of a partial city block of Bourbon Street in the French Quarters in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This scene appealed to my photographic eye because it represented layers of the somewhat disreputable nature of certain areas of the Pre-Katrina French Quarters. The neon sign announcing the "Sho-Bar" first caught my attention but my focus quickly turned to the Lust Is Life Condom Co. sign with its subtitle, "The rest is just details." The young man looking into the display window of Lust Is Life and the young woman standing in the adjacent doorway next caught my attention. Also, as a former Florida resident, the male in front of the Sho-Bar caught my attention with his "Support Pinellas Park" (a city in Florida) t-shirt, although I now do not remember the rest of the imprint on the back of the t-shirt. Ultimately, I framed this photo to include the trash cans in the left foreground because I believed such rounded out the overall intriguing, mysterious and dark mood of the image.

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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.

New Orleans Sho-Bar (1995)


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Michael Whitaker

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