St Charles Streetcars - Ray Devlin

New Orleans is blessed with many cultural gems, but one such attraction is the St. Charles Streetcar line; a National Historic Landmark. The vintage streetcars have been trundling through the New Orleans Garden District for the best part of a century, give or take a few hurricane induced lapses. No collection of images is complete without an account of these trolleys, and neither is mine.

I loved taking shots of the streetcars, especially with a 70 – 300 mm telephoto lens. It adds a sense of depth, and allows you to bring subtle hints of the city’s antebellum and colonial features into the image; be it the Column’s Hotel or the big leafy Live Oak trees that have been a constant in New Orleans’ storied past.


Streetcar at Bordeaux

Streetcar at Bordeaux

Streetcars are an important part of the culture of New Orleans, and I loved to take these long view (perhaps with a telephoto) on St Charles Avenue. This was rolling past Bordeaux, near Napoleon, where I used to live. 2011