4x5 Film Voyage From Chalmette to Shell Beach...a Sunday in Pictures / by Zack Smith

I can't say enough about the New Orleans Photo Alliance.   I have been a member since Day 1 and I recommend you all do the same if you: love New Orleans, photography, and community. About an hour before sunrise this past Sunday I was sitting in my home studio checking out locations on the computer and rolled out maps of the Lake Borne area. I was not alone. Huddled around hot coffee and Gerald's Donuts were a small group of Large Format Film photographers, organized through the Alliance by photographer and current President, Thom Bennett. This group has been meeting periodically around New Orleans and this weekend had asked me to take them to some places around St. Bernard Parish. I gratefully accepted. I too this opportunity to make some new contacts down in Hopedale and Shell Beach (more on that story later...) and take a trip to scout some areas suitable for 5 or 6 cars to pull over and assemble gear.

Getting together with this group was a wonderful exercise in getting out the film gear and having an experience. We all got to see places in Louisiana we had never been before, got to experience it as a collective while not only talking about - photographing it in a classic sense. Photography is about telling stories, connecting, and creating community...and that's just what we did

Joining this weekend's group was David Armentor (www.davidarmentor.com), Seth Boonchai (www.oliowork.com), Thom Bennett (www.thombennettphotographs.com), Louis Cazanavette, and Alan Dowding. I will be posting my image soon, but in the meantime check out these guy's work, you may be inspired to dust off your old cameras...