Black Flowers and Party Beads, St. Louis Cemetery No 1, New Orleans
A still life photograph of black roses are seen before the bare brick of a tomb at St. Louis Cemetery No 1 in New Orleans. The photograph demonstrates that there are more unusual religions supported in the Crescent City than common in the rest of the country. Party beads, clam shells, and the flowers are indicative of the animist religions that are commonly practiced locally. The objects become symbols of celebration in life as remembered by the friends and family that assembled the little alter.