Give me Louisiana

Second Line wedding parade through the streets of New Orleans.

When the new year started my family and I talked about where we wanted to go as a family in 2023. Both Arann and Ally said New Orleans. I remembered Fibershed, a nonprofit I have photographed for since 2010, has an affiliate program in Louisiana, so I reached out to see if I could document the affiliate program during our spring break.

Luckily Fibershed said ‘yes’ and so we made our plans. These are the photos of our family adventure on either side of the work portion of the trip. I am very excited to share the photos and stories from the affiliate trip in a later post.

For now here are film photos of our family adventure in New Orleans and Cajun country. I love photographing film for our family adventures. It means I am limited how much I can photograph, so I get to be present in the moment instead of photographing, and I don’t spend time on the trip looking at and sharing photos. When the film is eventually developed it feels like a gift to travel back to our adventure and see what photos made and which didn’t. Which photos will live on to tell the story of our lives.

Arann Harris, my music man, on music street in New Orleans.
“Abort the Court” graffiti on a wall in New Orleans.

Crawfish boil in front of The Friendly Bar in New Orleans.
Arann Harris very excited about his very first crawfish boil.
Kayaking to our houseboat outside Breaux Bridge, LA.
The view from our houseboat outside of Breaux Bridge, LA.
The Whitney Plantation, the only former plantation site in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on slavery. Incredibly powerful.
Fishing in Cut Off, LA.
Muddy exploration of the wetlands still damaged from Hurricane Ida in 2021, Cut Off, LA.
Me doing my best to document myself on our family adventures, so someday my kids will know I was there too.

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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