NYC weekend. Jeff Koons exhibit is super fun to walk though. The weather was perfect for walking, especially in Central Park. My three new MATTE magazines are the highlight of my NYABF take home. So happy to meet with old friends and put faces to some favorite photographers!
Can’t make it to NYC to see the New York Art Book Fair? Well Check out the amazing work in NET 9!
Featuring: Gorsad, Hollis Johnson, Jessica Pierotti, Vivienne Luo Wang, Brenda Bingham, Esther S. White, Tammy Mercure, Collin Avery, Dina Lun, Williams Douglas, Vivien Ayroles, Jesse Untracht Oakner, Benoit Chailleux, Brittany Marcoux, Max Branigan, Amy Brockman, Will Ashton and Natalia Baluta.
Also coming soon Oranbeg NET 10 with curators Max Marshall and Casey James Wilson.Every TENTH NET show will be an annual where there is no open call and the guest curator/curators seeks out artists for the online exhibition and PDF.
Oranbeg NET 10 will be released 10/10/14
Thank you again to all the Artists who submitted to NET 9 and to Trevor Powers for a great show. More big announcements and a website redo are in the works! One last announcement will be at the Boston Zine Fest Sunday, October 12, Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA.
En route to NYABF!!! Let me know if you’ll be around!
I made Bruce Gilden smile, but then he doesn’t rate me so highly. No publicity is bad publicity. ha ha.
New Orleans, LA. September 24, 2014.
They didn’t include what Bruce Gilden said about my work, but my photo is in the titles and Bruce Gilden looked at my photos in real life!
Latest promo for my friend Feathermeal's upcoming album. Super fun to make. Have to love technology and cameras that can get wet!
We are working on a video for a track right now. As an homage to the films of the 70’s, both the visuals and the sound are made special for the promos!
October 14th, 2014.
THE FRENCH QUARTER - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
The visitor will find in the French Quarter a strange and fascinating jumble of antique shops, flop houses, tearooms, wealthy homes, bars, art studios, night clubs, grocery stores, beautifully furnished apartments, and dilapidated flats. And he will meet débutantes, artists, gamblers, drunks, streetwalkers, icemen, sailors, bank presidents, and beggars. The Vieux Carré is definitely the place in New Orleans where people go to live their own lives.
—New Orleans City Guide (WPA, 1938)
The sun rises as a man wearing a crooked pirate hat staggers and stumbles down Bourbon, still drunk from the night before. The street-cleaning trucks are like big woolly mammoths criss-crossing the narrow streets, spraying water, wiping the slimy, smelly muck off the pavement. Fresh fruit and seafood is brought in via hand trucks and shoulders. Many take a break and a puff leaning against brightly colored walls before starting a day at work.
The French Quarter of New Orleans has not slept, but begins its daily cycle once again. Throughout the day, the streets will see dog walkers, boozy babes, musicians, revelers, conventioneers, gutter punks, cops, maids, and dandies. There is constant movement by foot, car, bike, and mule. Beignets are powdered and oysters are shucked. Exclamations are shouted and secret corners are found. The haunting notes of the calliope soar in from the water’s edge.
At first glance, one might assume that The Quarter is frozen at a point in history for the enjoyment of tourists. It only takes a couple of blocks to experience otherwise. There is a daily rhythm, but the magical part of The Quarter is that it has a part for you to play. It requires you add to the life and times of this place and to keep it moving forward.
I work in The Quarter digitizing historic documents and photos. Before, after, and during these hours I roam the streets finding the special people who add to the impressive timeline. I am inspired by August Sander and Atget, Katy Grannan, Joan Didion, and more. I am fueled by the power of this place and plenty of iced cafés au lait.
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Tammy Mercure is a state guide to Louisiana and co-editor of THE AMERICAN GUIDE. A photographer living in New Orleans, LA, she enjoys photographing just about any event that includes loud noises and fast moving things. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. Follow her on Tumblr or on her website, TammyMercure.com.