Where do you find the words to describe a place so unlike any other? From crawfish to frog legs, Jazz to Zydeco, voodoo magic to catholic rosaries. The countless juxtapositions that embody “The Big Easy” are anything but easy to digest.
Ayshane, one of our subjects, said of New Orleans, “the highs are high, and the lows are low…NOLA lives and celebrates them both.” You celebrate the life and music of the French Quarter amongst post-Katrina veneer. It’s so much more than beads and bourbon street.
There's a certain energy in the people of New Orleans. We spent the day with Ayjshane, Charm, Denisio and Kenetha. Each of these women brought a mystical air to the room. The magic of NOLA ever-present as we danced on the balcony of iconic, and said to be haunted, Muriels, and as we moved our way through Jackson square. As Holly delicately danced her camera through the crowd, it was beautiful to watch the women dance their hearts out to the sounds of an incredible New Orlean’s street band.
No matter what magic you believe NOLA to possess, it was clear that the magic was in the hearts of the beautiful women we photographed. -Shari