CURRENT EXHIBIT

PAULO STEVEN DINIZ

This body of work represents my continuing interest in documenting the recurring aspects of street life in New Orleans, particularly the carnival season of Mardi Gras. Much to my surprise, Katrina made the people of New Orleans come back even more determined to have the best Mardi Gras ever. It was only in 2006 that I discovered the real Mardi Gras spirit and talent of the grassroots locals of the Marigny and Bywater. The street walking parades proved to be a breath of fresh air; never had I seen such original talent in the form of themes and costumes, typically seen in the Society of St Anne’s and other newly formed krewes, which march during the entire Mardi Gras season.

 

In 2004 pre-Katrina, we acquired a home in New Orleans, which allowed for more exposure and knowledge about the locals and their lifestyles. Prior to that year my exposure to the New Orleans Mardi Gras scene had been limited to the traditional large bead-throwing float parades - totally different from the new style krewes interacting with the crowds during these street- walking street parades…

 

My equipment of choice for this series was mostly the Rolleiflex TLR, a medium format camera that lends itself to my style of photography. Typically, the Rollei produces different perspectives due to shooting from chest or waist level. It’s also less intrusive to my subjects, a plus when trying to be stealthy…

 

As a street photographer, I am constantly surveying every situation around me waiting for the decisive moment to capture slivers of life on the streets. My peripheral vision is always scanning my surroundings to see what interesting scene might unfold…

 

Capturing the spirit of the unseen side of Mardi Gras continues to be a passion of mine, doing it on film makes it even more worthwhile… Nothing satisfies more than producing darkroom archival prints, something I will continue to do as long as film exists.

  

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