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.


Red Streetcars

Red Streetcars

The Red Street cars lay derelict after the Hurricane Katrina flooding, but they did come eventually get pressed back into serve on the Canal Street line. This textured view emphasizes their colourful impact on the city, particularly during Jazz Fest, New Orleans, 2010.

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