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Two Cities, Two Streets


Just about one year ago, we found each other working on our first collaboration, a blog post called Two Cities, Two Bridges. We set a date, a time and place, each in our respective cities and we picked our favorite bridge…you see we kind of have a thing for bridges, we like taking photos of them. The post received a great response, and it wasn’t too long before we thought about working together again. One probably drunken night, we came up with the idea of shooting Canal Street, the same idea behind last years project, but with a different subject matter, since both cities share streets of that name. We decided to choose 5 photos that in a small way represented what Canal Street is all about, both in New York and in New Orleans. We hope you all enjoy our selection, or that at least this post inspires you to come visit our cities.


So here we are again, about a year ago Robert and I found each other thanks to the magic of WordPress, and right away respect and love for each others work developed and of course the desire to work together no matter the distance. Last year we published our first collaboration, Two Cities, Two Bridges, with a great response from everyone, and of course we are back at it again. I love New Orleans, that is no secret, and I love New York, so what better way to express that love by showing off Canal Street! Something that both cities have in common beside that word New in their names. While in New York, Canal is a chaotic commerce center where Chinatown and Little Italy come together. Here in New Orleans Canal is where the French Quarter’s meet the Central Business District (CBD), where old meets new, and life becomes history. You can see how the industrial revolution and the 21st century took over by just crossing the street, leaving narrow streets meant for horses and wagons behind to be replaced by modern architecture and businesses. Colonial houses become straight line glass buildings, but 100 years do not seem that long ago. A lot happens along Canal Street in New Orleans-restaurants, shops, doctors offices and hotels all in one strip, the 9-5 workers give way to the erratic night life that starts where Bourbon meets Canal, in a never ending circle of ‘regular’ vs ‘eccentric’. Definitely Canal is one of the best examples of how New Orleans traditions adapt to the modern world, how we work hard but still know how to have fun, and how this wonderful community remains up to date with the changing world but never leaving behind what makes us New Orleans.




First let me say what a thrill it is to be working with Soranny once again. She remains one of my favorite photographers, and I urge you to check out her other posts and her Instagram. She does a wonderful job capturing her love for New Orleans through her camera lens. You really feel the sense of life in her shots. Canal Street in Manhattan is an interesting place. Historically it was built over a poorly considered canal downtown. In time it became the early location of the jewelry trade, before becoming more of the commercial district it is today, full of vendors selling ‘genuine’ Ray Ban sunglasses and Gucci handbags. Canal Street also divides the neighborhoods of Little Italy and Chinatown, which provides a great cross-section of cultures to soak in. Having only 5 photos to choose from, it was impossible to showcase all of my walk on Canal Street. What I did come up with were some of my favorite things I saw that day-old buildings and signs, different cultures and people. That is a cool thing that happens when you explore a street like Canal-everything comes to life-sight, sounds and smells. I enjoyed seeing such a well known street through my camera lens, and I hope you enjoy it too. Here are my choices-

Here’s Robert and a Canal Street sign in New York-


And Soranny with a selfie and a Canal Street sign in New Orleans



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All Photographs By Robert P. Doyle and Soranny Martinez

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Monkey see, monkey do 

I have this awesome idea, I always have one of does, for a project where I only photograph tattoos. So I’ve been stopping random people on the streets and/or asking everyone I see and know with a cool tattoo to let me take a picture of them. I still don’t have enough material to make a post just for it, or I don’t know rent gallery space, but I couldn’t wait to share this one with you guys.

First because I freaking love monkeys, like I really do, I have monkeys all over my house (as decoration not real monkeys, that would be illegal). And second because if you analyze the tattoo it turns out to be more than just a tattoo of a monkey, it goes beyond just being a tattoo of a monkey.

I don’t know the story behind the tattoo or what it actually means to the person, when I took the photo I was with a group of people and I didn’t want to hold them, so I just snapped the photo, said thank you and kept on moving. This is my interpretation and what I believe the tattoo means, keeping that in mind, I could be totally fucking wrong.

In a very short easy way I think the tattoo means that music heals it all. If you notice the monkey is holding a broken heart, while listening to musing, playing a musical instrument and still showing a big smile. Music does heal, in so many ways music makes life so much better, easier to understand, simpler to enjoy. When you are happy you listen to music, dance around, laugh and have a good time. When you are sad, you listen to music (if you are like me drink lots and lots of wine) and cry yourself to sleep, either way music is the key to the moment.

Have you ever hear this songs and you have no clue what they mean,you even go as far as saying “this song is so stupid, makes not fucking sense!”, and then something in your life happens, your heart is broken, someone leaves your side, you win the lottery, and now you a big baller, and now that same song defines your life? This is one of the best times for me, when I discover something new in a song, something that was not there before, because life was not ready for me to understand it.

An other thing I love about this photo is that it shows how a simple tattoo can tell a story, how something so simple as colors on your skin can mean so much. This goes for any type of art really, but the fact that with a tattoo you can take you story with you everywhere and let people know it, makes it great. I know tattoos are still not completely accepted by society, and I understand why in some cases, but I still think ink is a great way of expressing yourself and showing who you are.

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Look at that m..f.. truck

I found my home
I found my home

So as I took one of my walks down the Quarters (I don’t think I’ll get tired of this walks  like ever), I saw this truck just parked across the French Market and I turned to my friend and say “Look at the mother fucking truck, tell me where else in the world you are going to find a place like New Orleans, where people turn even the simplest things into works of art, moving works of art in this case”, my friend laughed and said “I am guessing you are not moving back to Miami anymore”.

I did not answer back to his comment right away and just laughed it off , but he was right I am not moving back, don’t get me wrong I love Miami, my friends and family are in Miami, and there is great art in Miami too, but I am at the moment in love with New Orleans, I feel that the way people express themselves here and the way they life their lives it’s what fits me and who I am, so with this thought I snapped a photo of the truck while saying to him with a smile in my face “I think I might have found my home”.

The photo was taken with my Nikon D3100 and edited using PicMonkey

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Wrap it up! Photo 101

Although I did not follow the course day by day during the month of November and I went MIA a few times while I was doing it, I enjoyed every topic and a very shot!

It was fun taking the photos while having  the tips in mind and always keeping an eye open to look for what they asked us, it was also extra fun looking at everyone’s photos and getting ideas and tips from others!!! I really enjoyed this Photo 101 A photo a day challenge.

To wrap it all up here is my gallery with my Top 10 shots I took.


What do you think are this my best? I hope ya’ll like them as much as!

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Photo 101: Triumph

This is it the last of the submissions for the photo 101 course, it did take me longer than anyone would have though but I did it. For this submission we are talking about triumph, as on yes we made it!!!!

It all comes together
It all comes together

I selected this shot of train tracks coming together, as a way of saying we walked all this different streets and we finally made it to the end where all comes together. Every day, especially for those who actually followed the daily challenge as it went, we went out to the world with tips and ideas to find our great shot and then we brought it back to WordPress to share it, to learn from others and to learn from ourselves as we got better and better every week. And now we are at the end and everything has come together.

I hope you like my last submission!!!

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I’m just learning as I go

As I’ve said before I’ll say it once more I am not a photographer, most of the time I have no clue of what I am doing with my camera and I honestly don’t even think I am that good, but that wont stop me from going out there and taking shot after shot of the world as I see it, and clicking through the settings until I finally get them right.

The fact that I am not an expert wont stop me from showing you guys what makes me happy, this is the way I’ve chosen to express myself, the way I want to be able to touch you guys and bring a smile to your faces or put a thought in your head.

Every time someone likes one of my photos or says “That’s a good shot” it makes me believe I am on the right path and that if I continue learning I will get there. I honestly appreciate all the likes, comments and feedback I receive from you, they motivate me better myself and encourage me to learn more.

Thank you all for the motivation!!!

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