Frank Relle

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Dupuis - Behind the Scene

Posted by Frank Relle on Nov 12, 2019 2:05:00 PM

My neck snapped back as the impact thrust us forward. The force accelerated my van, and we started to spin. My feet pressed into the floorboards as the second impact struck with the sound of crushing sheet metal. We spun fully around to face the oncoming traffic. From the passenger seat, as we hurtled backwards, I looked into the terrified face of an 18-wheeler driver coming at us. 

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Gauthier II - Behind the Scene

Posted by Frank Relle on Oct 16, 2019 5:11:00 PM
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Lemeire - Behind the Scene

Posted by Frank Relle on Oct 11, 2019 5:05:00 PM

Sitting on the edge of the boat with my legs dangling in the water, I flipped on my flashlight. The red crescent eyes of one, two...14 gators glimmered as they skimmed across the dark waters of the swamp. This was no time to hesitate. 

The wind was finally calm in this protected cypress cove. The arching limbs, draped with Spanish moss, were perfectly mirrored in the water. The photograph I wanted was here  but it wouldn’t last. I checked the seals on my dry suit and slowly lowered myself into the water. My feet sunk into the silty mud as the warm water pressed against my body and around my neck

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Octavia - Behind the Scene

Posted by Frank Relle on Sep 15, 2019 6:08:00 PM

 

During college, I worked as a restaurant server in the French Quarter, regularly using the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to commute from Tulane’s uptown campus. St. Charles is an iconic New Orleans street, because of the streetcar and because the avenue is a presentation of architecture, family history, and wealth. The houses are like the people who line the avenue during carnival season screaming for attention, “Look at me…Throw me something. Give me your gaze!”

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Aurellia - Behind the Scene

Posted by Frank Relle on Aug 8, 2019 6:13:00 PM

 

After four days and nights in the summer swamp heat, I had yet to make a photograph worth bringing home. Due to the historic floods throughout the Mississippi River Valley, lakes and bayous throughout Louisiana were flooding and high winds moved through the night.

On July 19th, the waning Gibbous moon rose at 10:08pm. I’d found an inland lake disconnected from the flood waters and low hanging night clouds were passing through the evening. For fifteen years, the moon has energized my photo-shoots providing night sky illumination and a touch of insomnia to fuel my explorations.

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Alhambra - Behind the Scene

Posted by Frank Relle on Jul 11, 2019 5:03:00 PM

 

My assistant Matt and I launched my little flat boat loaded with photo and lighting equipment at the landing off old Highway 51 in Manchac. It was an early February evening, the air was brisk with a winter storm brewing on the nearby New Orleans horizon. Right past the launch, there’s a railroad bridge that sits so low you have lie down in the boat to pass beneath, offering a closeup view of countless crawling creatures seeking refuge from the storm. Launching at night with a nearby storm creates an energy of excited tension; it’s dangerous but photographers knows bad weather means good photographs. 

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