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A mile outside Houma, La., sits a little shack on the side of the highway next to a drainage canal that runs along a sugar cane field back into some swampland, and eventually into the Gulf. The shack houses a two-man operation called Munsen’s Monster Tours, and it’s about what you’d expect: An old Cajun hillbilly—with all the moves, equipment and knowledge requisite to entertain tourists to the tune of 20 bucks each—pontoons you along for a couple hours, stopping at intervals to feed the wildlife with a casual showmanship and backwater manner that makes Steve Irwin (R.I.P.) seem like a Disney character. The guide said his father made a living in the mid 20th century gathering Spanish moss to sell to bedding manufacturers at four cents a pound. I guess his is what you’d consider a generational success story.

The esteemed photo blog (NOT) COMMON PEOPLE recently featured an interview with Akasha, along with a slew of her photos, many of which appeared for the first time on PEASANTS. Check out the NCP post here.

Full text of the interview follows:

(Not) Common People: Where are you from?

Akasha Rabut: I spent most of my life in between California and Hawaii. I am currently living in New Orleans, La.

NCP: Your equipment?

AR: I use a Hasselblad, Nikon f100 and a Polaroid sx-70 land camera.

NCP: Influences and photographers you like?

AR: I’m influenced by everything that I see. I absolutely love colors, patterns and being in nature. I usually try to incorporate these things into my work. I really enjoy work from all of the Tinker Street photographers. I’ve also been paying a lot of attention to Gemma Booth and Stefan Ruiz.

NCP: A little about you?

AR: My family moved to Kauai when I was 6 months old. After my parents split up I spent half of my time in Kauai going to work with my dad on the Na’Pali Coast. He was a boat captain, so I would get to run wild on hidden beaches, swim with strange and colorful fish, and witness my father perform water rescues for people who fell off the sea cliffs or crashed their helicopters. I spent the other half of my time hanging out with my mom at her vintage shop in Southern California. She’s a fashion designer and an artist. We spent days going to estate sales, thrift shopping and doing arts and crafts. These experiences with my parents definitely helped me develop a keen sense for fashion, a love for nature and an appreciation for both whimsical moments and reality.

After completing high school in Southern California I went to about five different colleges and finally graduated with a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. In 2008 I moved to Chicago to pursue a career in product photography, which is funny because I hate strobe lights and love to take photographs of people.

In April of 2010 I quit my job and decided to move to New Orleans. I’m currently for hire.

The analog negative wears light exceptionally well. The sensitivity of film and it’s relationship to the visible spectrum is fantastic. Light recorded onto a negative has a quality that I just can’t see in digital photography. I know how to manipulate film and I know how to use it to my advantage. I don’t think my relationship with digital photography will ever be that intimate. I will always prefer to use film over a 16-gigabyte compact flash card.

These images are from my trip to Yellowstone and I took them with my analogue Hasselblad.





Last weekend, Akasha and our friend Jenny attended a free trade event at the Tree House, which has just begun hosting events after a several-months-long hiatus due to some problems with the law. The gist of the event was that there was a bunch of free crap you could take home (including hair cuts), and if you wanted to get rid of some crap, you could take it there and other people would take it home. Plus there were plenty of old hippies, crust punks, ghetto adolescents, and dogs taking advantage of the rope swings and water slides.

Hooray for summer!