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Kyle Steed Takes New Orleans: My Trip, Recapped

Dallas-based artist and photographer Kyle Steed shares his photos and memories from his recent trip to New Orleans.

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A graphic memento from New Orleans. (Photo: Kyle Steed)
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That’s me, folks. Remember what I was saying about stark, quiet colors? (Photo courtesy Sean Berry)

If my Instagram account is any indication, I’m typically drawn to quiet, stark palettes. Dusky shades of mauve and rust play up the skyline of my city, Dallas, TX; moody blues and blacks are around every corner (like here, here, and here). But when I came to New Orleans, the thing that stuck with me the most was all that color.

From vibrant shades to cotton candy pastels, the entire city is its own color wheel. New Orleans’ spectrum of color is a metaphor for life in this historic city, underscoring the vibrancy of the people, the food, and the music. I wish I could go back and spend more time documenting all the color palettes that exist here. It’s something that I have carried with me from the trip and still find as a source of inspiration.

The colors of New Orleans are something that I have carried with me from the trip and still find as a source of inspiration.

The most memorable moment for me was making the drive across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway as the sun was setting. We made our way to Fontainebleau State Park to watch the sun set over the lake: truly a magical moment for my family and me. It felt more like being on a private beach than anything else, and the way the sun came through the trees provided some of the best images from our trip. For being just outside the city, it felt like we had escaped to somewhere more remote. Plus, that lake is so huge it makes it feel more like the ocean.

As an artist and photographer – and simply as a traveler – I can’t wait to get back and explore more of the city.

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