May 15, 2020

     The governor's quarantine hit downtown in late March.  Like most places, people went home, except for a few panhandlers.  You could still buy a slice of pizza, or a beverage for a hot day, but you had to take it outside.  Most retail stores were closed.  A few were open to receive packages from UPS or FedEx, but were closed to customers.  Construction on the new nine story...

March 1, 2020

     The second amendment stronghold rally in Richmond, Virginia, on Jan. 20, 2020, attracted gun rights supporters, Trump supporters, and patriots who oppose the politicians that now control the Virginia legislature.  The State of Virginia flag and motto, Sic Semper Tyrannis (Thus Always To Tyrants), was a popular flag, as were the Gadsden flag (Don't Tread On Me) and Molon Labe posters (Come and...

February 15, 2020

     At the Jan. 20 gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, second amendment patriots savaged Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam by comparing him to Hitler and every other totalitarian fascist of the 20th century.  They also mocked him as "Coonhound," a reference to his nickname "Coonman" from his VMI college year book.  One vendor was selling T shirts that read "My Governor Is An Idiot."    As of this p...

February 1, 2020

     Second amendment patriots rallied in Richmond, Virginia, on Jan. 20, 2020 to lobby state legislators against new gun control measures proposed by the majority Democrat legislature.  Police estimated that about 22,000 people filled the Capitol grounds and streets surrounding the Capitol.  Earlier in the week, legislators had banned guns in the Capitol building, and Gov. Ralph Northam had decla...

January 1, 2020

     During the holidays, it's quiet in the morning. No one walks the streets. The long morning shadows are uninterrupted - deep sharp shadows in the midst of bright sunlight above the skyline. Red is violet and orange is brownish.  The landscape is familiar.  The colors are different. The streets take you to the same places, but give you different scenes.  Here are a few more photos fro...

November 1, 2019

     Afternoon light bounces around downtown and leaves a glow on the buildings.  Twilight shadows  bring out the evening lights and give way to the night dwellers.  There are places where these lights yield a photo.  You just have to find them and  put your feet there to make the photo.  Here are some photos from high places and low places around downtown from the fa...

August 15, 2019

      An endless supply of artists keeps Beta Bridge freshly painted. It's usually good for a handful of new photos any day of the week.  It only takes a couple of minutes to walk along the bridge, and to find an angle for a photo.  The latest paint job does the rest.  The paint becomes the photo.  An overcast afternoon in July offered these photos. 


April 15, 2019

     The color photos of William Eggleston were something of an inspiration for the present website.  His oeuvre of photographing the ordinary offered a rationale for documenting the world around me -- just photograph the world as it appears.  And the world appears in color.  But most of the work of the great 20th century photographers was in black and white.  There is a directness...

March 15, 2019

     Recently, in a blog post about reflections, the post featured a picture of skaters on the indoor downtown ice rink.  Alas, the ice rink is no more. Mechanical jaws ate the steel structure.  The pace of change in Charlottesville feels unprecedented.  New houses are gobbling up the woods and fields.  Old structures are falling for new.  The fences keep you at a distance, but if y...

March 1, 2019

     Early morning light feels different than afternoon light. It's wake up light. It seems brighter, almost too bright. If you're not a morning person, you'll likely miss this kind of light. On this morning there was a cloudless blue sky, and the streets were empty. Bricks were orange and red was blood red. Long after the blue hour, it might be too bright for some photographers, but there is stil...

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