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This is an October 1995 photograph from an unidentified location somewhere in the French Quarters of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. In 1995 I succumbed to occasional urges to wander in search of street photographs. I captured this image during wanderings from a two-week period in New Orleans. From a wooden sign in the right center of the photo it is possible to speculate this may be the rear entrance of store named "Old Children's Books" at 734 Royal Street. However, in the right foreground of the image to the left of the "Be Careful" banner is a small sign indicating "Yellow Brick Road." Also, on the door in the right background is a door sign that appears to begin with the road "Yellow" so I long have entitled this image "Yellow Brick Road." Regardless of the exact location, for me this image always has represented great mystery because of the Mardi Gras heads, ghoul-looking faces, a "Tin-Man" head and various concrete sculptures. My belief this is a rear entrance to a business is somewhat discredited by the "Open" sign in the left center of the photograph. From research of post-Katrina New Orleans I never have been able to verify the location of this photograph so it remains very mysterious and, subsequently, special to me.

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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 Yellow Brick Road (1995)


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Michael Whitaker

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