A difficulty lies in conveying the essence of a place that at once aches to show itself as full of allure, yet only reveals the depth of its beauty to those who reside within it. Hell’s Bells / Sulfur / Honey is a body of color photographs that serves as a testament to New Orleans’ radiance and darkness as well as an allusion to the tension between beauty and hardship inherent in the city.
The title of this project comes from elements in a Louisiana Voodoo “cure-all” spell that can solve all one’s problems. Hell’s Bells are poisonous (aka Datura or Jimson weed) and are commonly found in New Orleans.
Sophie T. Lvoff’s new iteration of Hell’s Bells / Sulfur / Honey opens on Saturday, May 11, 6-10pm, at Good Children Gallery. 4037 St. Claude Ave. // For the New Yorkers: Sophie T. Lvoff is included in a group show at Howard Greenberg Gallery entitled “Scenes From the South,” opening Thursday, May 9, 6-8pm at 41 E. 57 St, Suite 1406 (at Madison Avenue).
above: Reynes Street at the Levee, 2012; Delachaise Street, 2012.