There are images that you fight for, and others that give themselves to you as a gift. When I saw him I immediately knew I had the signature image of my entire collection of nearly 600 photographs. I remember the feeling of perfect satisfaction when capturing this shot. He was so peaceful and self-assured, and gave me just enough time to capture him before moving along. I wish I knew who he was so I could send him a copy.
Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras, kicks off very early in the morning. People have different ways of getting it started. In the Treme neighborhood of the 6th Ward, residents are awakened by the Northside Skull & Bones Gang calling them out. This African-American and Creole tradition has been performed for nearly 200 years.
The Northside Skull and Bones Gang is the oldest of the Black social clubs known as Mardi Gras Indians. They were originally formed by descendants of slaves and Native Americans. The video is from the Facebook livestream of Tuesday morning in the Treme.