New Orleans has never existed in black and white. The muted pastels of the French Quarter, blaring metallics on marching band jackets, and rich reds of sizzling gumbo make vivid colors an integral piece of the city’s culture. Born in Ninh Hòa, Vietnam, and raised in the Big Easy, photographer Que Duong thrives off the vibrancy of New Orleans.
To him, the colors of the city represent its magic—in its buildings that are splashed with hues of pink, green, and yellow, and in its people who, no matter what shade, share enormous pride in their home. Duong notes that even events as grim as funerals burst with color as family and loved ones parade through town, celebrating the joy of life instead of the grief of death.
“When you walk down the streets of New Orleans, you’re walking in poetry,” Duong says. Through his lens, we are all able to see the city for what it really is: a spectacular work of art.