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The Cajun Village in Sorrento, Louisiana, has several vernacular Louisiana buildings on site. These buildings house all of the boutique shops as well as Al’s Coffee House. The buildings range in age from 90 to 190 years old. This blog will occasionally spotlight each building and the business that resides within it at The Cajun Village. Today’s post features Oliphant Images.
Charles and Andrea Oliphant have worked as photographers for years. Originally based in New Orleans, the couple recently moved their office and gallery to the Firehouse Gallery in The Cajun Village. Charles specializes in taking modern photographs with old-timey characteristics.
He also has a knack for restoring historic photographs and images. Prior to the opening of Oliphant Images’ new gallery, the Firehouse served as a small museum. It featured historic photographs and other artifacts collected by the Robert family over the last 150 years. Charles has faithfully restored several of these photographs. One of those can be seen above; it is one of the first photographs taken in Ascension Parish with a color camera. It shows two boys fishing with cane poles along a bayou, trying to stay in the shade on a hot Louisiana day.
The second image is a reproduction of the Original Map of the Houmas Claims, originally produced on July 7, 1860 (The Cabin Restaurant and Bernadette’s Restaurant both sit on what used to be the Houmas Claim). The original map had hung in The Cabin for the last 25-30 years, on loan from a friend of Al Robert. When the friend asked to have it returned to him, Charles Oliphant offered to photograph and document the map for Al’s collection.
Charles uses a combination of high quality photography, document scanning, and computer programs to accurately reproduce and restore old photographs. Once he has finished restoring them, it has hard to tell the historic photographs from the ones Charles takes today.
If you have a chance, stop by the Oliphant Images Gallery. It is definitely worth the visit!