The Metairie Cemetery

For Halloween, I thought another black and white cemetery image might be in order. The Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. While it might be the “norm” for folks in Louisiana, for this Texas boy, it was something from a different planet. Metairie Cemetery has the largest collection of elaborate marble tombs and funeral statuary in the city. What I didn’t realize was how many people they would place inside each tomb. Some of them were the size of small buildings and many were extremely elaborate and might contain a dozen or two people. There was definitely plenty of “old money” buried there.

The image below actually shows some of the more normal size tombs, containing maybe eight people, stacked four on each side. Those tombs in the center of the cemetery were much larger in comparison. I might post some of those in the coming weeks.

 

The Metairie Cemetery by Tim Stanley Photography.

Cars at Katy Mills Mall

Back in August, adjacent to a large mall west of Houston was the site of an outdoor car show. This late evening event gave the opportunity to try some golden hour shots with the cars. The downside was the bright parking lot lights, the many people “cruising” around and even the large generator powered lights they placed around the area. It all made for some challenging compositions. This quick moment was just after sunset and between the crowds of people walking by.

 

Back in August, adjacent to a large mall west of Houston was the site of an outdoor car show.

October Skyline

The other evening I had the pleasure of reuniting with the group of guys that I went to New Orleans with last spring. Andy Crawford drove through town, so he, David Morefield. Jeremy Mancuso and I hit the streets and stayed out way too late. We had a great time and hit a few of our favorite spots for skyline shots. Here, downtown Houston skyline is reflecting in Buffalo Bayou.

 

October Skyline

Glennwood Cemetery

In the spirit of the end of the month, I submit this last entry to my Five Day Black and White Photography Challenge. I have to thank my friend, Andy Crawford for the challenge, as it helped me to revisit some images and look at them in a different light. This scene at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston was actually taking during the afternoon, but just seemed perfect for a night time effect. Glenwood was the  first cemetery in Houston to be professionally designed and opened in 1871.

 

This scene at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston was actually taking during the afternoon, but just seemed perfect for a night time effect.  Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Gazebo in the Trees

Vargo’s, a Houston restaurant, was famous for its scenic, lake-front property featuring a white gazebo where many a couple has said “I do.” The wooded site was also known for the peacocks and the wooded pathways were visitors would stroll after dinner. I proposed to my wife there a few years back (okay, more than a few) and have enjoyed several fine meals there since. Today, the restaurant is gone, but the memories for many people live on.

 

Vargo’s, a famous Houston restaurant, is gone, but the memories for many people live on. This gazebo was the setting for many weddings. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

All That Jazz

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve posted a few black and white photos this week. You can blame my friend Andy Crawford for that. Andy is a photographer that joined us in New Orleans last spring and is just a super guy. Earlier this week, he challenged me to a Five Day Black-and-White Photo Challenge. I’m not the biggest black-and-white photographer, so I had to come up with a couple of examples that might work. So for day three, I present this image of some street performers in the Bourbon Street area of the French Quarter in New Orleans. These young guys put on quite a show, and didn’t blink an eye when our group of photographers swarmed all around their “stage.”

 

Some street performers in the Bourbon Street area of the French Quarter in New Orleans. These young guys put on quite a show, and didn't blink an eye when our group of photographers swarmed all around their stage.

 

Bad Habits

What use to be socially acceptable years ago, is not any more. Watch any old black and white movie and you most likely will see someone lighting up with a smoke in one hand with an adult beverage in the other. These days, you might still find it, but most likely in an establishment just for that purpose. Some would state though that a bad habit is only bad if taken to extreme, so proceed with caution. This was taken at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

 

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