Bourbon Street, Louisiana - Woman on Phone
Street photograph of a woman making a cell phone call outside a Bourbon Street Voodoo shop. The store front is named after an early 19th Creole practitioner of Voodoo in New Orleans. Although Voodoo was once a proud expression of animist roots from African religions it is now largely a curiosity. The commonplace power of technological advances of the 20th and 21st centuries, as seen in layers in the foreground of the photograph, have reduced the numinosity of these old beliefs to insignificance. They have become no more than attractions for visitors to New Orleans. The woman on the phone is like a beacon of light against the flat and closely held colors of the shop. Her bright white shirt and striking fuchsia purse testify to the advances made by regular people over the course of centuries.