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The snow, the warehouse, and Fifeville

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Two days ago, we woke up to heavy rain and then snow, coming down in buckets, barrels, to the point where, when we went on a walk with the dog, we cursed not bringing an umbrella. I had learned, back in Seattle last fall, to always take pictures in bad weather. Always, always. Bad weather causes dreaminess and dreaminess breeds blankets, tea, and toe rubbing. But before that, you must get dirty in it, go outside and get wet and muddy. You come back with pictures that people don’t normally take, because people don’t normally bring their cameras out in tumultuous downpours. Then you can go back home, get dry, and look at pictures that not many people have.

The studio, amidst the downpour:

The whole warehouse on West Main, with Random Row Books next door (a killer used bookstore – a must-visit):

Main Street Market, Jim, and Cochise:

The entryway to Fifeville, our neighborhood:

Jim, Cochise, our two coffees, and the inspirational mosaic on the way into Fifeville, by Isaiah Zagar:

One thing wonderful about Fifeville are the power-lines. They remind you that the neighborhood is old and comes with stories.

Many of the houses in Fifeville were built by African Americans with no blueprints, just strong hands and good Virginia heart pine.

One of the most aesthetically fascinating parts of eastern Fifeville: the intersection of 5th and Dice:


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December 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Arlington Cemetery in the Rain

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A long-time friend of mine did me the honor of asking me to photograph her grandfather’s internment at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. This is actually the secondĀ  burial I’ve photographed there, and both times have been rather challenging. The place is gorgeous: rolling hills, perfectly placed headstones, magnificent trees and marble buildings. Yet when I think of capturing all of that in a photograph, I look around and wonder…is there a helicopter around here I can borrow?

Alas, it was a rainy day. The trees were dark, the mist rose slowly, and the soldiers wore raincoats. The mood was solemn but full of awe and wonder about the Captain: when the trumpet sounds and the guns fire, it makes you stop and imagine what his life must have been like, and what the lives were like of soldiers who died before him – what their families must have felt, and the impact that they made.

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November 25, 2009 at 7:56 am

Mexico in November

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I just got back from a life-changing photographic workshop in Mexico! Run by Jose Villa with guest photographer Jessica Claire, it was 3 days of discussion on photography workflow and and event strategy with some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Passing comments blew my mind, such as Jessica saying “why would you spend a lot of time post-processing? If you want a computer job, go get a computer job.” As much as certain concepts seem obvious, it’s so easy to get caught up in details when you’re busy running a business. This workshop helped me to step back and look at the big picture, both in terms of my general business practices and the way I spend my life!

All of this, while enjoying three meals a day of amazing Mexican food!!

Here are a few photos of the Hacienda Del Carmen, where we stayed:

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November 23, 2009 at 5:49 am

Posted in Landscapes, Mexico, Travel

Foxhaven Farm show at the 12th St. Taphouse through June

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Foxhaven Farm is a place just outside the Charlottesville boundary to the west. It is one of the last farms in Albemarle county and its beauty is striking. When visiting UVa., Faulkner stayed there with his daughter.

The photos on display at 12th Street were taken in 2006 and 2007 during the fall and winter months. They have been framed in heart pine wood frames, reclaimed from an old barn near Norfolk, VA by a local woodworker.

The display will be up through the end of June, so if you’re in town forĀ  Look3, the Festival of the Photograph, drop in to see it!

The full gallery, including prints for sale, may be viewed here.

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May 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

A Fifeville snow day

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My dream warehouse.


The train station and Wild Wings, a view from the Main Street bridge.


The edge of Fifeville.


5th and Dice.


Dashing Jim!

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March 2, 2009 at 6:06 pm

The Inauguration of Barack Obama

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A few of these pictures can be purchased or seen in large format here.




The metro was packed from the moment we got on at Huntington Station, which is at the very beginning of the yellow line.


The view from the L’Enfant Plaza Station balcony, around 9:20 am.


Birthing from L’Enfant.


Meandering to the mall – my lovely friend Marisa!


Kids in a pack, with hats (smart move, chaperones!).


Marisa in the crowd.


This child’s mother (on who’s shoulders he’s sitting) was incredibly sweet. EVERYONE was incredibly sweet!



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January 23, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Charlottesville Graveyard, at Dusk

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January 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm