New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - "Days n'between" / by Zack Smith

"the days between" means different things to different 'fest goers'. To most, it means the few days in b/t jazz fest weekend where you can rest, keep pawtyin', throw a pawty, or work. To me, "the days between" means the week in b/t shooting French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest - and it's never a time of rest. With so much going on in my world right now, there hasn't been a moment to reflect - so that' why i am now.

My solo exhibit, "One Foot in the Swamp - Portraits and Daydreams as Photographs" opened last weekend and we had a blast. It was great timing to open that weekend, as we got a ton of press! Here's a bit Eric Paulsen and WWLtv did;

http://www.wwltv.com/eyewitness-morning-news/Zack-Smith-photography-exhibit-a-must-see-at-French-Quarter-Fest-254895591.html

Here's a snap of me, Eric, and Luke Winslow-King...in front of one of my photos of LWK...

French Quarter Fest went by so fast this year and it was a blur - i had a great team of volunteer photographers working w/ me to capture the festival and we covered so much ground. I really enjoy photographing French Quarter Fest as I am at task to "capture the spirit and magic moments" of the festival. Just picture the beautiful backgrounds of the historic French Quarter as your pallet and the dancing, music, and New Orleans light as your actors. You can't beat it! After 5 days photographing this festival I really do feel connected to the French Quarter, the light, and the music. Peter and Tamara worked with me all weekend, helping me edit each days images, tag and organize in Photoshop and Bridge as well as help with lighting.

My "days between" the festival have been slammed with studio work for Krewe du Optic, prepping for my classes, and editing French Quarter Fest. I am almost relieved i will be running around at the fairgrounds this FRIDAY!

And as always, one of my favorite shows to shoot is The New Orleans, BINGO! show...who's isn't?