New Orleans – 2005
I was there for a conference and Joann and I spent several days wandering the streets and taking photographs. One of my favorites is of the street musician pictured here. I didn’t know his name. He never stopped playing the entire time I photographed him.
Hurricane Katrina – August 2005
I wondered if the man I now called The One Eyed Blues Man made it out.
I have a very large print of him hanging in my home and I had planned on going back to New Orleans to give him a copy. I had no idea how I’d find him. Or, even if I’d find him after Katrina.
Mark Ayers sent me a video called Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around the World. It’s a great video and I recommend you take time to enjoy it. Turn up the speakers and dance! I did the second time I watched and listened to it.
But, the first time I watched I was floored about a minute and ten seconds into it. There he was – my Blues Man. And, I now know his name. He’s called Grandpa Elliot. He’s famous – an icon in New Orleans! He even has his own Wikipedia page and here is a great blog post about him.
The universe is amazing. Take a look and listen!