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This is an October 1995 photograph of a two-piece street band with a dancer on an unknown corner of Royal Street in the French Quarters of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. There is a guitar player and a wash-tub player. In this image the dancer has removed her street shoes, which she has replaced with tap shoes, and is dancing on a steel plate atop a storm drain, which amplifies her tap dancing. The dancer's old-fashioned street shoes were placed adjacent to a white 5-gallon plastic bucket, into which it was suggested tips be placed. There are several bystanders listening to the band. On the corner opposite the dancer is an AP Food Store opened in 1930. What initially caught my attention was the dancer's shoes sitting adjacent to the white bucket.

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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 Two-Piece Street Band with Dancer #2 (1995)


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Michael Whitaker

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