CARLOS DETRES

Photo Journal

This is where my personal projects are born, as well as behind the scenes perspectives of the photo shoots I've done.

Yes, Yes to the Levee!

"The End of the World?" I repeated as a question when Chloe Rose, a head piece designer, mentioned this area at the downriver end of Bywater. The name she had given this place was intriguing.

She and I met at the Orange Couch last week to discuss a photo shoot that we'll be doing together. Chloe designs extravagant head pieces with flowers, sometimes skulls and with a color palette reminiscent of the hues one would see at the end of Fall/beginning of winter -- in other words, the same color palette that's often used in photography. When I first saw her designs just a week or so before Mardi Gras, I knew that I wanted to work with her.

Yesterday morning, I put on my Nike long-hiking shoes and headed to the furthest end of Bywater where the levee rises from the land. The dark, puffy clouds overhead loomed, slowly drifting in the wind. It took about a half hour to get there but there it was, at the very end of Bywater.

Aside from a person or two walking on the levee, I was alone with my wife's small compact camera. I immediately started clicking at the scene, aiming, click and moving down the path toward the corner of the strip where the Industrial Canal and Mississippi River meet. There was remnants of a smoldering campfire and a few empty cans of beer. I remembered to keep my eyes down on the ground to avoid any other unseemly things left behind. 

To the left of me was a patch of dead trees and large stones that sloped down into the River. I picked up my phone and texted Chloe, "Yes!!" 

To see Chloe Rose's head pieces, go HERE

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