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Friday, April 2, 2010

"Ash Wednesday, New Orleans," by Alec Soth

Posted By on Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Screenshot from "Ash Wednesday"
  • Screenshot from "Ash Wednesday"

It's Good Friday and the Lenten season, during which Catholics (and those non-religious drawn in by the pervasive magnetic field of Catholic guilt) give up meat in favor of eating several pounds of crustaceans on Fridays, is coming to an end. Ash Wednesday begins the season, and New York Times photographer Alex Soth chose to document the day after Mardi Gras for the first installment of his “Continental Picture Show” series. (The video player on the site seems to not allow for embedding.)

Commenters' descriptions of the video mostly fall under three categories: some think it's beautiful, others think it's creepy (many refer to a shot of the photographer's rather pale legs, which have a heightened pallor in the glow of the TV he is watching instead of enjoying Mardi Gras), and some think it doesn't do Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and New Orleans justice. Some take issue with the final scene.
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