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House of Blues, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2012

New Orleans is often regarded as the “birthplace of jazz.” While jazz did not develop solely in the Crescent City, the town did provide a crucible for its birth and early growth. Music was at the core of the city’s Creole culture, often expressed through its brass and string bands. Meanwhile, the city’s African-Americans brought a looser and less structured form of music to the table. The musical traditions of these two cultures merged to create Jazz, a truly American art form. The House of Blues is one many New Orleans venues for jazz music. Its façade is layered in vivid red, yellow and blue paint – primary colors that express the energetic spirit of jazz itself. Images of instruments, flames, and performers bring additional context to bear. I give the image further energy by stressing its dimensionality, angling my camera upwards to better contrast the box office to the mural painted on the wall of the building. My goal: to stimulate not only the viewer’s sense of sight, but also the sense of sound.

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Phil Douglis03-Jan-2013 04:55
Thanks, Iris, for appreciating the sensual nature of this picture. Of course the artist who created the mural is primarily responsible for the stimulus to sight and sound. I only stressed it by taking the low vantage point to make it work even more profoundly.
Iris Maybloom (irislm)03-Jan-2013 01:08
You achieved your goal with this image. My senses of both sight and sound are stimulated by it!
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