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Low Hustle Hot Center: Canal Street in Downtown New Orleans

Jonathan Traviesa | Louisiana, United States

Canal Street New Orleans: Existential question amidst a trio of Saturday afternoon revelers.

“Low Hustle Hot Center” is a photographic exhibit of black and white silver gelatin prints. The photographs are framed borderless in black. The sizes will be either 15x15 inches or 15x20 inches depending on the proportions of the images. There is a very flexible idea of how the images should be sequenced during an installation. (A lot depends on the site, of course.) The main concern is to mix up the different styles of the photographs to more accurately reflect the complex atmosphere of Canal Street.

Low Hustle Hot Center: Canal Street in Downtown New Orleans

Anyone vaguely familiar with New Orleans knows of its downtown thoroughfare, Canal Street. One of the widest streets in the US, it long ago served as a “neutral ground” - or a common space between the Creoles of the French Quarter and the Americans further upriver. Today, of course, that phrase is applied to all street medians in the city, but Canal Street still operates as a grand threshold of social space. It is heavily traversed by a diverse group of both locals and tourists moving between the quarter and the business district and beyond. The range of businesses is just as mixed between luxury hotels and high-end shopping venues - and cajun themed convenience stores and vape shops.

This ongoing series of photographs called Low Hustle Hot Center: Canal Street in Downtown New Orleans, incorporates a wide array of photographic styles: from portraits to streetscapes to architectural studies, in both minute details and sweeping vistas. The black and white film medium brings the work in conversation with the rich, historical imaging of New Orleans. As a series the images strive to describe not just the physicality of the urban environment and its inhabitants (however fleeting), but also the complex psychological tone of the area, too. Of specific interest is how the social fabrics and economic dynamics along Canal Street have evolved in its present moment to become one of the South's busiest and most diverse, urban arenas.

Jonathan Traviesa


ig: @jonathantraviesa

504 3018654

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