Tuesday, June 30, 2009

There is nothing gay about safety!

Well today was my last day of shooting. Waking up at 830am and wasn't scheduled to shoot until 500pm, well lets just say I had a lot to talk about, but no one to talk to.
500pm rolls around get into the "There is Nothing Gay About Safety" mobile and head out to Chef Menteur Highway where Nick had some abandoned fire station to shoot and Lisa and I had some photos to make in Versailles. This is where I opened my mouth and blurted random things and I think Becky was getting annoyed =P sorry Becky had no one to talk to almost all day..

Below are some images.

Becky driving down 10east in rain and traffic. Thanks for getting us there safe! =)

An image I made outside the Versailles Arms Complex.

Saigon Drive a street name that is dedicated to Saigon, VN. I had to shoot it and getting the vehicles that the Vietnamese population mostly drive, a car from Japan i.e. Honda, Nissan, Toyota.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Day 5, 6, and 7

Day 5

Consisted of me going to The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO), documenting there kick back night. When I got there the girls where learning women studies and boys were either on the internet and playing video games. I kind of wish that I had this when I was growing up in the suburbs of Minneapolis

Day 6

waking up really early! got to the Vietnamese market at about 615am and photographed the community as it gathers to buy produce and vegetables from there neighbors small gardens. Even thought not that many elders wanted there photos taken, I have some nice shots from it, as well as enjoying the atmosphere.
Getting back to the hotel at around 830am ate breakfast and waited for people to wake up so we could head out to Bay of St. Louis.
Bay of St. Louis was fun and exciting. Swimming in the Gulf was amazing, but I should've put on sun screen before getting into the water. Lets just say my back and shoulders are burning as I am writing this blog.
After a long day, coming back to the hotel and resting for a bit was nice, then Nick, Micah, Ryan Dyer and I went out to the French Quarter to check out a Jazz band, but that was bunk and not even cool! the JAZZ BAND turned Micah away so no go! so I headed back to the hotel room to chill out for the night.

Day 7

Woke up at about 630am and got ready for Mass at The Mary Queen of Vietnam. Left the hotel at about 730am and on the way to church, Becky accidentally smacked my sun-burnt chest! I was in pain for a minute or 2, never again will this happen!
Mass was interesting and it was great to be sitting in church after a long absence from not going for about 1 year. Took a few images from the next Mass coming in as well as the churches interior. After Mass I walked over to Pho Bang Restaurant and ordered a large bowl of Pho Dac Biet (special) and a water. Then Becky came and got me and brought me back to the hotel where I passed out till about 12pm.

here are some pictures from the past 3 days:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Day 4


Headed out to Versailles again. Walked from the major business area to the church and captured a wonderful image. Although I maybe crazy, walking a few miles under the hot sun was insane! but i got a wonderful image out of it.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Days 1, 2, and 3 all in one Post

Day 1

Getting sick over the weekend and having to wake up at 3am to catch a 6am flight out to New Orleans is not what I would call FUN!
Getting into New Orleans hung out around the hotel till the Tour of the City with Gray Line.

Day 2

4am! what am I doing up so early?! Went out shooting at sunrise over in the Holy Cross Neighborhood. The lenses were fogged up from the humidity, which killed the sunrise for most of us, who were up early and all ready to shoot.

The later part of the day, I got dropped off in New Orleans East (Versailles), where I met up Mary from the MQVCDC (Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation). I did a little interview and met Father Vien Nguyen in the process. Mary then gave me a tour around Versailles and told me an interesting fact, "Houses with a Honda or a Toyota in the driveway, you already know that its a Vietnamese Family".
After the tour, I was then dropped off at the Church to have Lunch with Father Vien. Sitting down with Father Vien and hearing the history of Versailles and what the community is doing to help there community to redevelop the area and the protests against any wrong doings. During Lunch I also met Kari Lydersen, who is a correspondent in Chicago for the Washington Post.
We chatted it up and she is very interesting in this essay as she is doing her own work with the environmental issues in New Orleans East.

Day 3

The day I rented a car, and went out to Versailles to make more photographs, while I was out there the rest of the class was with the Times Picyune; touring and doing ride alongs.

here are some pictures from the last 2 days in Versailles:

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Contacts Contacted!

I emailed Mary from the Mary Queen of Vietnam: Community Development Corporation and got a reply back from her a few weeks ago. We are meeting on Tuesday the 23rd the 2nd day we are in New Orleans and she is going to give me a tour around Versailles.

Emailed her 2 days ago about meeting Father Vien, she replied back about me meeting the others at MQVCDC. She also told me to contact Father Vien's secretary to get a hold of him.

I called Father Vien's secretary and unfortunately he was out for the moment, but she did tell me to call them when I do arrive in New Orleans to meet up.