The Writing on the Wall by Jennifer Rhoades

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Stock used: Inthename-stock (letters)
Featured in: Shameless Self-Promotion-February 2012
Beautiful Blends—February 2012
Inspired Art Group—February 2012

My inspiration for this shoot came from spending an evening at a bar called The Big Easy. Only slightly like the real New Orleans, I was recalling the allure of The Big Easy had for me in my twenties through the filter of my romanticizing of the adventures I would no doubt have. After a summer of sweating and waiting tables, New Orleans lost any luster for me and I went home. But my evening at The Big Easy had me thinking of young women at the turn of the century with the same romantic ideas I had while the reality usually led to prostitution and destitution. And I imagined one young woman writing letters home to her mother painting a fiercely different picture as to not shame the family—though the writing on the wall is clear—a dire mistake had been made.


portrait, woman, black corset, profile, red, allure, the big easy, new orleans, letters, broken dreams, disenchantment


  • canonman99
    canonman99over 2 years ago

    gives the eye an image of wanderlust

  • Thanks, Dennis! Hope you are doing well! Wanderlust is chronic with me…

    – Jennifer Rhoades

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 2 years ago

    beautiful, great words and image

  • Thank you so very much, Tori—I am always flattered by your visits!

    – Jennifer Rhoades

  • Adam Marlow
    Adam Marlowover 2 years ago

    wow…simply WOW!

  • Thank you so very much, Adam!

    – Jennifer Rhoades

  • strawberries
    strawberriesover 2 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks, straws!

    – Jennifer Rhoades

  • walela
    walelaover 2 years ago

    Terrific! Such an insight.

  • Thank you, walela!

    – Jennifer Rhoades

  • Farfarm
    Farfarmover 2 years ago

    Superb !! :))

  • Thank you, Michel!

    – Jennifer Rhoades

  • Leon A.  Walker
    Leon A. Walkerover 2 years ago


  • Thanks, my friend!

    – Jennifer Rhoades

  • SuddenJim
    SuddenJimover 2 years ago

    nice story and well portrayed

  • Thank you, Jim! Good to “see” you!

    – Jennifer Rhoades

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 2 years ago

    Love this…in fact I do believe it is one of my favorites! Excellent!

  • What? Really! THANKS!!

    – Jennifer Rhoades

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiover 2 years ago

    Wonderful image. Love the expression

  • Thanks, Andy! I don’t feel like I see you anymore (pout)

    – Jennifer Rhoades

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