Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to have a chance to photograph New Orleans. I was particularly interested what a city that only reluctantly acknowledges its involvement in the Trans Atlantic slave trade (despite once being the largest slave port in the United States) looked like in modern times. Despite the fact that this history is largely unacknowledged by the throngs of visitors drunkenly stumbling along the tight corridors of the French Quarter, it remained at the forefront of my mind as I explored the city.
Throughout my stay I photographed Mid-City, Tremé, the French Quarter, and the Bywater/Marigny neighborhoods of New Orleans. These areas are visually very distinct from one another so at times it seemed like I was in a different city altogether. The warehouses and boutique coffee shops of Bywater and Marigny contrast sharply with the jubilant, festival atmosphere of the French Quarter. And both of those areas are almost nothing like Tremé, which was by far my favorite place to photograph in New Orleans.
Tremé is America’s oldest continuously African American neighborhood. Located between the decadent exuberance of the French Quarter and the quieter Mid-City section of New Orleans, there is an atmosphere that is specifically southern about this part of the city. The brightly colored buildings and the local architecture struck me as both welcoming and foreign. It is clear that once you cross over into this neighborhood, you are entering a part of the city where people actually live as opposed to the collection of hotels and restaurants found at the other end of Canal Street.
The group of photographs in this set cover the duration of my stay in the city, I wanted to present a collection that highlights the different parts of the city that I visited. For a more in-depth look at the Tremé neighborhood, visit my portfolio at: http://www.kwasiboydbouldin.com/pages/Treme-NOLA.html