Writing with Light

Jackson Square

Jackson Square originally began as the Place D’Armes in 1721, a military parade grounds and site for public hangings. The square was renamed in 1856 to honour Andrew Jackson, the hero of the battle of New Orleans in the war of 1812 and later U.S. President. It is located in the centre of the French Quarter and today it’s a hub of activity filled with artists, musicians, tarot card readers and tourists.

If you want to capture the beauty and stillness of this place then a sunrise shoot is a must. Even at 6:30 in the morning artists were already arriving staking their piece of real estate for the day.

I processed this image in Black & White as well (which I quite liked). You can see that on my Facebook Page.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really looks better) or to Purchase a Print.

New Orleans, NOLA, Jackson Square, benches, sunrise, dawn, travel photography


51 responses

  1. Shutterbug Sage

    What a gorgeous capture! I love the pavement wet from the rain (or the humidity if the weather was anything for you like it was for me when I was there) and the promise of a new day as you sense the sun starting to rise off camera but with the street lights still on.


    January 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

    • Thanks so much. You know I meant to mention that in the post and I forgot. The wet pavement was do to a city crew having just finished washing/spraying the stones when I arrived. I was so excited by the glistening of the pavement that I set up as quick as I could before it dried.


      January 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

  2. Great image Edith. Love the detail and the wet pavement.


    January 9, 2013 at 8:28 am

  3. Shadows, colors and lights – really great captured… 🙂


    January 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

  4. Stunning image Edith.


    January 9, 2013 at 8:43 am

  5. Are those homeless people on the benches? I do like how colorful this shot is!


    January 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

    • Thanks Chris. There was no one sleeping on the bench. Those wee blankets and a jacket so someone left it there but I didn’t see them.


      January 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  6. mobius faith

    hmmmmm public hangings – I miss those days – it always drew such a crowd and was such a party. (just kidding of course). Great photo Edith.


    January 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

  7. Love the colors!


    January 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

  8. Beautiful shot of the old square, Edith. The damp sidewalk really adds nicely to this image.

    I love the street artist in NOLA, what a talented group of people.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful shots from the area. 🙂


    January 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

  9. Beautiful photograph, Thank you, love, nia


    January 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

  10. I LOVE THIS!! Looking at the image I can see the hotel that we stayed in! Way to the back on the left…above Muriel’s (the restaurant)…If you were up that early did you go to the Cafe Du Monde and get Beignet?? DELICIOUS!!


    January 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    • LOL…that’s exactly what I did Suzanne. By the time I finished shooting my hands were freezing so I headed to Cafe du Monde for some of there excellent coffee (who needs Starbucks) and those delicious beignets. Which is why I am now on a diet 🙂


      January 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      • LOL! It was raining and COLD when we went in February..about two years ago……SO DELICIOUS!!


        January 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

  11. This is gorgeous!! 🙂 Viv


    January 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  12. Superb image – great colours and effects! Love the b/w image too! 🙂


    January 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  13. Mark Summerfield

    I think the wet pavement is what lifts this shot to that higher level. It adds that extra layer of itnerest from what is already an excellently composed shot.


    January 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  14. I love this Edith. Fabulous image! 🙂


    January 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

  15. Stunning!!


    January 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm

  16. Simply beautiful 🙂


    January 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

  17. Great night-time shot, Edith. I thought you were on holiday! Up at 6.30am seems a bit early for a holiday day!


    January 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    • Thanks Andy. This was actually taken at about 6:45am. There’s no other way to get shots of the French Quarter like this. By 8am the streets were busy.


      January 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

  18. Beautiful place!!! Amazing click!!!


    January 9, 2013 at 10:58 pm

  19. Beautiful shot of Jackson square:)


    January 10, 2013 at 5:59 am

  20. Jim Nix

    great shot Edith, I love NOLA, have a real soft spot for that place, glad you got down there and shot!


    January 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

  21. Len

    Simple a killer shot Edith. The wet sheen makes everything pop.


    January 10, 2013 at 11:19 am

  22. That’s home! Well, my home. I love this! You just made me miss NOLA 100 times more!


    January 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    • That’s a terrific city you call home. Loved it and the people were fantastic.


      January 11, 2013 at 12:30 am

  23. A lovely image, so rich in details and colour tones.


    January 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  24. A terrific shot, Edith! Wow, that old architecture is just so captivating, and you’ve done a great job in capturing that. Love this, my friend!


    January 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm

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  27. Shutterbug Sage

    I have added this photo to my “Favorite Photos from A-Z for January 2013” post here: Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and continuing to inspire my amateur 365 blog!


    January 31, 2013 at 8:29 am

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