Thursday, May 28, 2009

PICTURING PEOPLE - Donni Leaycraft

Donni Leaycraft , Baton Rouge LA 2009
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Donni Leaycraft  - Teaching Tennis Professional 


1989 NCAA Division I Men’s  Singles Champion.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Miami Development Billboard , Miami FL 2003
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There is absolutely no reason to abandon Charity Hospital in New Orleans to build a new one in another location and in so doing , spend an additional $400 million and displace hundreds of New Orleans residents!

The Preservation Resource Center is urging people to attend, or send a representative to, the City Planning Committee "forum" this Thursday, May 28, at 4 pm on alternatives for the proposed medical district.

If you cannot, you are encouraged to submit comments in advance of the meeting to Ms. Yolanda Rodriguez, Director, City Planning, at

For more information:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Deer License Plate, Cocoderie LA 2005
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The Louisiana Legislature is in season!

Rep. Ricky Hardy has penned a bill , 
that would require people who have twice been convicted of drug offenses to advertise that on their license plates.

Monday, May 25, 2009


The Flag Pole during Jazzfest, New Orleans LA 2005
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We are here, able to enjoy this day because so many have sacrificed so much for us. 

Let us never forget!

*Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Stormy Weather at Sea , Caribbean 2007 from the series CRUISE
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Porn star Stormy Daniels, a 30 year old Baton Rouge native, has announced she has formed an "exploratory committee" to gauge public interest in her run for the U.S. Senate , against incumbent R- Senator David Vitter.  Vitter is up for re-election next year and  the senator may be vulnerable for re-election , after it was disclosed that the senator's telephone number was found in the client list of a high priced prostitution ring.     

Daniels' campaign is mainly the creation of a New Orleans college student, whom I presume is interested in embarrassing Senator Vitter? 

And although all of this is highly amusing , it ultimately will not serve the State of Louisiana or it's citizens well! We have experienced enough stormy weather!

1. (of weather) violent with dark skies, heavy rain or snow, and strong winds

Thursday, May 21, 2009


LSU Golden Girls, Tiger Stadium , Baton Rouge LA 2008
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Forbes magazine has ranked Baton Rouge 8th on it’s list of top college towns for jobs creation. Baton Rouge reported a 2.6% job growth rate last year. Provo , Utah took home the top spot!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009


"2" on School Fence, New Orleans LA 2005
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However you may feel about welfare for the rich (i.e. the State of Louisiana subsidizing the New Orleans Saints football team), the fact is the city would not have been awarded the hosting of 9 prior Super Bowls without them in New Orleans!

 It was announced yesterday , that New Orleans will be the host to #10 in 2013. The economic impact is estimated at $300 million for the city. 

So if you multiple that estimate by 10, I think this welfare may have paid off?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Putney Bridge Bookstore, London 2006 from UKOK series
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Louisiana State government is trying for across the board budget cuts which will have a dramatic impact on Louisiana State University. School officials are threatening to shut down LSU Press as a result. This institution which has published so many great titles including, "A Confederacy of Dunces" could be gone soon!

Paper cuts hurt!

Monday, May 18, 2009


Lindsey after Practice, Baton Rouge LA 2009 from Picturing People
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Picturing People is an ongoing portrait project:

Lindsey F. - Student , Athlete and Family Friend.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"The Art of Caring" New Orleans Museum of Art

Coffee Can Wreath , New Orleans LA 1989 from the monograph The Reposed (LSU Press 1999) All reproduction rights reserved Wm. Greiner

The Art of Caring
A Look at Life through Photography

May 16 - October 11, 2009

New Orleans Museum of Art 
One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
Copyright © 2005 New Orleans Museum of Art. All rights reserved.

I am happy to be exhibiting work with many fine artists , including: Tina Barney, Nan Goldin, Chester Higgins, Sally Mann, Nicholas Nixon, Tatsumi Orimoto, Robert Polidori, Dona Schwartz, Neal Slavin , Larry Sultan , Elinor Carucci, Jeff Charbonneau, Eliza French, Peter Granser, Jessica Todd Harper and Misty Keasler. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Punching Bags - New Orleans Athletic Club , 1993
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C. Ray Nagin’s blur is made clear by Clancy DuBos. DuBos , a New Orleans Gambit magazine columnist and WWL-TV political analyst , takes the gloves off in this scathing report on where New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin disappeared to 81 days after hurricane Katrina hit.


I am not going to even try paraphrasing this well written piece , so here is the link:


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

LA Happy?

Boy Crying at Jazzfest, New Orleans 2007
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Nationally ranked 6th last year on the happiness scale , Louisiana has slipped a spot to #7! Nebraska was ranked #1 ! California was ranked last because of high unemployment and foreclosure rates!*


*The “Happiness Index” is compiled by

Monday, May 11, 2009


Tara's Head, Baton Rouge LA 2009
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers , the people responsible for building, maintaining and improving the levee system which protects New Orleans , it has been reported spent $5,200,000 on public relations , aka PR! The purpose of which was to change public perception of the job the Corp is doing!

I think the best PR they could ask for is to build levees which do what they are suppose to do! Protect the city!

Source: The Advocate N.O. group blasts corps' public relations contract

Wednesday, May 06, 2009


ELVIS LEGS, Austin TX 2006
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New Orleans Recovery Director , Dr. Edward Blakely , it has been reported is stepping down from his position in less than a month. Blakely started his six figure salaried job in January of 2007, promising that "cranes in the skyline" by September of that year. This did not happen, but Blakely did manage to anger many residents, calling some “buffoons” and referring to New Orleans as a “third world nation”. 


Monday, May 04, 2009


Sand Pile and Sky, Baton Rouge LA 2007
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Gustav, Ike retired as hurricane names

The names of the two hurricanes that affected Louisiana in 2008 have been retired by the World Meteorological Organization. The organization’s hurricane committee retired Gustav and Ike from the official name rotation; those names were scheduled to be used again in 2014. In their place will be Gonzalo and Isaias. Gustav made landfall near Cocodrie on Sept. 1 as a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. The hurricane caused more than $4 billion in damage to Louisiana; it plunged parts of the Capital Region into darkness for several weeks. Gustav killed 112 people, including 77 in Haiti. Ike made landfall at Galveston, Texas on Sept. 13 as a Category 2 storm. It killed more than 80 people across the Caribbean and Bahamas, and another 20 in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The total estimated U.S. property damage from Ike is estimated at $19.3 billion.**

*"Castles Made of Sand" is a song by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and featured on their  second studio album, Axis: Bold As Love, released in 1967 in the UK and 1968 in the U.S. 

**The Baton Rouge Business Report 4-4-09

Friday, May 01, 2009


CAUTION Sign, Baton Rouge LA 2009 from Land's End series
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Climatologists are proving to be poor predictors of what a hurricane season will bring us! In fact, if they were stock market analysts , they would probably be fired!

Source: The Wall Street Journal , For Early Hurricane Forecasts, Consult a Telepath