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Entry Title: "Laissez les bons temps rouler"
Name:
Marie-Laure Louis
, France
Category and Expertise: Photo Essay, Non-Professional


Entry Description: New Orleans cannot be described. This city is out of place and time, it is unfathomable. People go to New Orleans as if it was like any other city, reading tourist guides, imagining themselves drunk on Bourbon Street, crossing exotic-named places like Quartier Français and ticking out of the to-do-list that they sax a Gator in the Bayou.
Once they deeply think they know the Big Easy, it grabs them and choosing what to do is difficult. Letting go and following the Crescent City means discovering unknown and dangerous streets, opening themselves to its mysteries and mostly forgetting whatever they learned on it…

This series does not show New Orleans but the place it was and how it felt during this small lapse of time in 2014. 
« Laisser les bons temps rouler » is the motto of New Orleans which means « Let the good times roll ». These photographs are part of a project on New Orleans’ identity. I questioned herself on how it is to be a New Orleanian. The project shows the Crescent City in a different perspective, far from old stereotypes it is famous for. "Laisser les bons temps rouler" captures the good times in New Orleans through fragments of ordinary life often forgotten.