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New Orleans street scenes (photo by Tui Snider)
New Orleans street scenes (photo by Tui Snider)

People Watching in New Orleans

Re-visiting my travel photos to choose ones for this post made me realize how rarely I focus on strangers when taking pictures. I do this partly out of respect for other people’s privacy, and partly because they aren’t that interesting or unique to the place I’m documenting.

New Orleans, however, is different! I’m comfortable taking photos of people in NOLA in the same way I’m comfortable taking photos of guests at a lively party. It feels natural and not invasive.

Perhaps this is because I never feel like a stranger in New Orleans, but more like a party guest who has yet to meet everyone. It’s a bit like Twitter, actually, the way random folks will suddenly “friend” you as you walk down through the French Quarter, join in your conversation at a restaurant, and give you tips on what to do next.

The bottom line is: If you enjoy people-watching, New Orleans is the place for you!
(For more about New Orleans, check out my post New Orleans’ Cafe du Monde: A Taste of History)

New Orleans street scenes (photo by Tui Snider)
New Orleans street scenes (photo by Tui Snider)

Follow me on Instagram & I’ll follow you back!

I’ve gone from turning up my nose at the idea of cell phone pictures, to being an avid iPhone photographer, which is why my theme for the 2014 A to Z blog challenge is Instagram Travel Photos. If you are on Instagram, I’d be delighted to follow you. Simply follow my photo feed (@TuiSnider) on Instagram and I’ll follow you back!

For more, check out my collaboration with Morgan Dragonwillow. Morgan used my iPhone photos to accompany her poems in a book called Wild Woman Waking. Check it out!

New Orleans street scenes (photo by Tui Snider)
New Orleans street scenes (photo by Tui Snider)

What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge?

Each April, people from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers. To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can.

My A to Z Inspired Book: Unexpected Texas

I’d like to thank everyone who commented on my blog during the A to Z Challenge last year, because it convinced me to take the self-publishing plunge. On March 2, 2014, I released Unexpected Texas as a paperback and eBook and it quickly became an Amazon Best Seller!

New Orleans street scenes (photo by Tui Snider)
New Orleans street scenes (photo by Tui Snider)

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  1. I have a friend that lives in New Orleans and takes pictures as a hobby. He also has lots of interesting people pics from his hometown!

  2. It also might be that people walking down the streets of New Orleans are always in a good mood, or at least that what it seemed like to me.

  3. I’ve never been to New Orleans, but it’s definitely one of those places on my bucket list. Even just watching shows filmed in New Orleans, the atmosphere seems to ooze through the screen – as it does with your pictures.

    Hope you’re having fun with the A to Z challenge,

  4. It sounds like a great place to visit. One of my best new Twitter friends is from NOLA.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Heya Holli, Sounds like the perfect excuse to visit New Orleans! :D

  5. I’ve been to New Orleans a few times and it’s full of interesting people and things. Definitely worth a few visits.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi Patty! Oh, yeah! I barely scratched the surface, even after putting in full days of exploring. I’m overdue for another trip. :D

  6. I visited New Orleans on my very first trip to the US in (I think) 1992. It was quite a contrast because we spent a week in New England first. I became rather fond of Hurricanes…..

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi Anabel, It’s fun how you can just stroll around sipping on a Hurricane, too, isn’t it? I can imagine most cities in the US provide a pretty big contrast to New Orleans, actually. Thank you for dropping by! :D

  7. Hi Tui, I’d love to visit New Orleans. Your street photos furthers the desire!
    Sooo well done on your book! Fabulous news!
    Garden of Eden Blog

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi Susan! If you ever get the chance to visit New Orleans, I highly recommend it. It’s full of history, but the present-day is a lot of fun, too. :D

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