Monday, September 22, 2014

French Quarter in Black & White - Sept 28th 2014

The world isn't so black and white.  There are many shades of gray.  What better location to explore this concept than New Orleans' French Quarter with its iron balconies, its somewhat linear shutters and contrasting light?  (Or diffused light, depending on the type of day...)  On September 28th I will be leading the "French Quarter in Black & White" photography workshop for American Photo Safari.  


All skill levels and cameras are welcome.  This is a 2 hour workshop focusing on finding shots that work in black and white using the compositional elements of tones & textures,  shadows & shapes.  The beauty of black and white is – anything becomes a subject.  With our eyes clear of distractions, we see subjects emerge in all kinds of light.



 That, and we run across glamorous felines from time to time..



*include a cat pic and the crowd goes wild..



best part is the black spot on his nose


Whether you are local or from out of town, whether photography is a hobby or a profession, you can see the French Quarter in ways you hadn’t before. 



There’s always another angle, another perspective, to any subject. Photography lets you explore those sides and choose how you want to see the world – in black and white, and all its many shades of gray. 


Hope to see you on the 28th!



Sign up HERE 
French Quarter in Black & White
Sunday, September 28th
9am


** My Garden District Workshops are also offered every Wed & Sat**




all content (c) Natasha Sanchez

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Going Dutch - in Zwolle, Louisiana

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In Summer 2011, I launched the Louisiana world tour where it all began for me – in Algiers, LA.  In three years time, I have cruised the alphabet from A to Z and I’ve traveled from the heights of Lisbon (331 ft) to the nether land of Venice (0 ft) Now it's time for some tamales from Zwolle.  


Zwolle Tamales

Zwolle (203 ft) is a town in Sabine Parish, just west of Bermuda, near Natchitoches.   Upon arriving in Zwolle, I made sure containers were closed, then tiptoed through the buttercups to photograph the town sign. 




Zwolle Corps Limit


Tiptoe through the Buttercups


Zwolle is famous for its tamales.








So much so that there is an annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta, this year it will be held October 9-11, and the signs of it are all over town.  The festival aims to celebrate the Indian, Spanish and French culture of the area. 


Hardware, Auto Parts & Tamale Fiesta

Zwolle Tamale Fiesta float


Forestry is a big industry in Zwolle.

Zwolle Logs




And yes, there’s a festival for that. 




Zwolle Loggers & Forestry Festival float



After photographing the Festival Fun, I went a block or two over to photograph the town and anything with the name, as is my World Tour custom.





Zwolle Neighborhood 2014

Zwolle Train Depot

Zwolle City Hall




Everybody was really friendly. 



Friendly Tractor Driver in Zwolle





As far as the World Tour goes, Zwolle has it all.  The mission, of course, is to photograph the town name.  Not only was the name everywhere, but there were miniature signs on the Forestry Festival floats (say that 10x fast).




Zwolle Logger & Forestry Festival float

Zwolle Logger & Forestry Festival float



A common question I ponder about all the towns I visit is  why they are named what they are .  I have researched most of them. Yet in Zwolle, all I had to do was to look no further than a storefront window:







Zwolle Town Name



Reading the informative fa├žade, I learned that Zwolle was named in 1896 by Jans de Goeijen for his hometown in The Netherlands.  He was impressed by the peaceful surroundings of St Joseph Church. 

As was I. 





St Joseph Church grounds  Zwolle, LA

St Joseph Church, Zwolle LA





The feeling of having it all in Zwolle is akin to the moment of triumph I felt reaching the summit in Himalaya.  A moment of knowing that the World is enough, and  will always be as large, or as small, as you want it to be. When I started the Louisiana World Tour in 2011, I was searching for a larger world. In 2014, I am content see what I find.  Its a peaceful easy feeling that keeps me going.  




Tot de volgende keer,
Natasha


** Shout out to Christine who accompanied me on this adventure, gave me a place to stay and filled me in on stories of the area! **
all content (c) Natasha Sanchez

About the WORLD TOUR:

The Nattie Concepts World Tour began in 2011 under the premise that the world is as large or as small as you want it to be. Since that time, over 20 "international" destinations have been visited in Louisiana. The 2014 World Tour began in March 2014 and aims to discover the many exotic locales of the Southeastern United States.  Follow the blog for more exciting adventures! 

Check out a preview of the Louisiana World Tour on my website
http://www.nattie-concepts.com/portfolio_-_photography/world_tour
 World Tour images available on my Etsy site
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Snapshots of York - in Color & B&W


York AL is a short drive from Cuba, so I thought I’d step out in the town for a few minutes to see what it's all about.  After going through the photos, many of the images reminded me of older photos I have of another York - not the one in England – a “New” York if you will.  Thought it would be fun to compare.  


Welcome To York AL

Central Park NYC

As it was late in the day when I arrived, the streets of York were buzzing with activity, much like its northern counterpart.  

Downtown York AL

Carnegie Hall "New" York

The buildings may not be as high in York, AL as in NYC, but still, the town center was clearly defined.  

Downtown York & Lamppost
Times Square NYC




No matter where I travel, I always end up photographing churches. 


Progressive Church of Jesus Christ York AL
St Patricks Cathedral NYC


I’m really glad I took the time to visit York – it reminded me of why I am even on a World Tour.  Sometimes it’s good just to stop for a sec,  see the world from  a different angle, and realize the commonalities.  



Yellow Building, Red Light

And that’s what keeps me tourin’..

Central Park Runner NYC

Catch ya down the road...

Up Next:
Going Dutch in Zwolle LA



all content (c) Natasha Sanchez

About the WORLD TOUR:

The Nattie Concepts World Tour began in 2011 under the premise that the world is as large or as small as you want it to be. Since that time, over 20 "international" destinations have been visited in Louisiana. The 2014 World Tour began in March 2014 and aims to discover the many exotic locales of the Southeastern United States.  Follow the blog for more exciting adventures! 

Check out a preview of the Louisiana World Tour on my website
http://www.nattie-concepts.com/portfolio_-_photography/world_tour



Monday, May 12, 2014

Now is Then & Then is Now - in Cuba, Alabama





Fresh off my trip from (the Prime) Meridian and Heidelberg, I arrived in  Cuba AL,


where I recieved a warm welcome.  

Cuba is as beautiful and colorful as it is hospitable





The Cuba Museum holds the history of the area, but alas, it is only open by appointment and I was short on time.



I did find an artifact right outside the door, though.  :)



I thought I had seen all there was of Cuba when,



while stopped along the road to photograph the cemetery sign, I met a local photographer who informed me of the downtown (just a few blocks away). Following his directions, I drove to the town center, and felt like I was stepping back in time. 

Cuba Post Office   2014
Cuba Mercantile & Railroad  2014
Cuba Residence   2014
Cuba Downtown Building   2014
Large, stately mansions contrast the remnants of what was once a bustling railroad town.  I learned from my new photo friend that most of these family homes sit empty - the former occupants have moved on - some to Meridian, others elsewhere.

I may have stumbled across a small town with the oh-so-common tale of a crumbling town center and a dwindling population, but with its natural beauty, history, and legacy - Cuba seems pretty large to me. 
Til next time..


Up Next:
Snapshots of York AL

all content (c) Natasha Sanchez

About the WORLD TOUR:

The Nattie Concepts World Tour began in 2011 under the premise that the world is as large or as small as you want it to be. Since that time, over 20 "international" destinations have been visited in Louisiana. The 2014 World Tour began in March 2014 and aims to discover the many exotic locales of the Southeastern United States.  Follow the blog for more exciting adventures! 

Check out a preview of the Louisiana World Tour on my website
http://www.nattie-concepts.com/portfolio_-_photography/world_tour


Monday, April 14, 2014

A Philosophical Walk - in Heidelberg, MS



Socrates once said that "the unexamined life is not worth living". I wonder if he ever visited Heidelberg. haha.  Okay, so the town motto “Dig Deep. Live Well.” is probably more inspired by the oil boom of the 1940s rather than by Socrates, but the beauty of being an artist on a photographic philosophical World Tour is – artistic license.  The town motto might as well be my own. 

Visiting Heidelberg MS was pure joy. 


In many ways, it’s a small town like all the others – crumbling abandoned buildings with their memories all but fading away against the weathered exteriors.  






Still, there is an air of potential & signs of life – like this mini-mall – 




And really joyous courtyard. 



The courtyard was like an oasis against the backdrop of the sleepy town.



Perfect space for pondering.



Maybe it’s a sign that the town center is on its way back, or maybe, true to the town motto,  Heidelberg appreciates the value in taking a deep breath now and then. 






One of my favorite things about Heidelberg were the planters located on the street corners. Granted I arrived just after one of the strangest winters the south has seen, but I can appreciate the “live well” sentiment of them, & by now they are probably filled with colorful flowers or will be soon. 







Energized from the peaceful surroundings, I began to make my way out of Heidelberg, passing the large learning institution,



before stopping at the Heidelberg OneStop



I met a local who asked why I was taking 150,000 pictures (okay, more like 3) of the Heidelberg Onestop sign. He noticed my trusty film camera  and we got to talking about photography. By the end of the conversation, he was inspired to pull his old Minolta 35mm out of the closet and get back to shooting. His enthusiasm just shows that Heidelberg’s got it right. 

Dig deep. Live well. 


Next Up:
Cuba AL


all content (c) Natasha Sanchez




About the WORLD TOUR:

The Nattie Concepts World Tour began in 2011 under the premise that the world is as large or as small as you want it to be. Since that time, over 20 "international" destinations have been visited in Louisiana. The 2014 World Tour began in March 2014 and aims to discover the many exotic locales of the Southeastern United States.  Follow the blog for more exciting adventures! 

Check out a preview of the Louisiana World Tour on my website
http://www.nattie-concepts.com/portfolio_-_photography/world_tour