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I’ve been meaning to attempt this composite for a long time… Inspired by one of my favourite songs by Sting. It still gives me goosebumps everytime I hear the lyrics…

Moon over Bourbon Street

There’s a moon over Bourbon Street tonight
I see faces as they pass beneath the pale lamplight
I’ve no choice but to follow that call
The bright lights, the people, and the moon and all
I pray everyday to be strong
For I know what I do must be wrong
Oh you’ll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there’s a moon over Bourbon Street

It was many years ago that I became what I am
I was trapped in this life like an innocent lamb
Now I can never show my face at noon
And you’ll only see me walking by the light of the moon
The brim of my hat hides the eye of a beast
I’ve the face of a sinner but the hands of a priest
Oh you’ll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there’s a moon over Bourbon Street

She walks everyday through the streets of New Orleans
She’s innocent and young from a family of means
I have stood many times outside her window at night
To struggle with my instinct in the pale moon light
How could I be this way when I pray to God above
I must love what I destroy and destroy the thing I love
Oh you’ll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there’s a moon over Bourbon Street

New Orleans Streetview, 2007 – [Konica-Minolta 5D, 18-70 kit lens@35mm, f:5.6, 1/8sec (handheld), ISO-800]
Night Sky, 2009 – [Sony a350, Sigma 17-80@35mm, f:10, 30sec, ISO-100]



bourbon street, jazz, lowlight, moon, new orleans, sting

My grandfather was a serious amateur photographer in the ’20s and ’30s, leaving me a legacy of stereoscopic pictures and equipment. The bug passed through the genes to my father and to me. I started taking pictures seriously when I was 11 and I spent most of my teenage years in and out of the darkroom. University, work and kids put photography on pause but my first digital camera in 2006 re-kindled my interest. RB has given me a vehicle for sharing my work and for learning so much.

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  • BCImages
    BCImagesalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful work

  • Thank you very much Steve :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlalmost 5 years ago

    Great mood in this photo George.

  • Thank you Monika :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • blamo
    blamoalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic lighting

  • Thank you :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinalmost 5 years ago

    Very well put together George – gives it a great feeling (for some weird reason I’ve got Art-deco running around my head?)

    PS: Love the song!

  • Not sure where the Art-Deco comes from either LOL. maybe the type of writing on the sign? Many thanks Vikram :-0

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputalmost 5 years ago

    Great work George!!

  • Thanks Nathalie :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Kory Trapane
    Kory Trapanealmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic, George… Thanks!

  • It’s a pleasure! Many thanks Kory :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersalmost 5 years ago

    Works beautifully George!

  • Thanks Ursula, I had tried a different moon before and it just didn’t work at all. This one is a bit moodier… :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Carole Brunet
    Carole Brunetalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic work George!

  • Many thanks Carole :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Appel
    Appelalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome composite!!! Excellently done!

  • Thank you Ann – glad you like it! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 5 years ago

    alright George!

  • Thanks John, glad you like it. I love the original version but I thought the version I linked above was particularly cool – Sting is so relaxed! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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