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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Pressler - Behind the Scene

Posted by Frank Relle on Jul 10, 2019 4:56:00 PM

Early in my career a seasoned photographer offered the following advice, ‘If you’re going to speak visually, use visual language. Don’t use written language to speak visually.’ I took his words to heart not only avoiding photographing subjects like the word ‘bar’ in front of bar but also steering clear of visual symbols used with such frequency they have a predefined meaning. 

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Montgomery-Grace - Behind the Scene

Posted by Frank Relle on May 20, 2019 4:54:00 PM

By Ash Wednesday morning at 4am, everything was cleared away. The neutral ground was raked clean of beads. No ladders held their spaces. In the silence, voices and parade brass echoed. Memory hung in the trees along St. Charles like beads. 

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Avoca - Behind the Scene

Posted by Frank Relle on Feb 1, 2019 12:07:19 PM

  “Avoca” was taken in Pierre Part, Louisiana – a Caribbean-esque bayou town. I found this houseboat in the Avoca Canal, but the name is also a nod to the avocado green of the houseboat’s exterior.

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Gouffre - Behind the Scene

Posted by Frank Relle on Feb 1, 2019 12:02:26 PM

During the winter of 2016, the Mississippi River reached flood stage, and the Bonne Carre spillway was opened to prevent flooding in New Orleans. Levees were overtopped throughout the Mississippi River Valley. I heard about an old town North of Natchez prone to flood waters. Rumor was that the town, filled with historic structures, was inundated with the high water. I had to see it for myself.

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