Photos in The Atlantic!

On December 13, 2020, The released an online photo collection entitled, Virginia: Images of the Old Dominion. The article contains 33 photos taken at various picturesque locations in Virginia and three of those photos were mine. Virginia has had a special place in my heart since first visiting as a child in the mid-seventies. Later, in the US Navy, I would live there on and off for three years or so in the Virginia Beach area and another year at Fort Belvoir just south of Alexandria, Virginia (probably my favorite city in the US). I have many friends in VA and will always visit there and am looking forward to my next trip there!

In The Atlantic’s list and coming in at number 22 is Boush Street, taken in Norfolk at the USS Wisconsin. Number 24 is Mount Vernon, the was taken on our first day living at Fort Belvoir. My kids and I were out driving and I turned my head to look through a break in the forest and there was George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon with sheep grazing! Finally, at 30 is Summer at the Palace taken in front of the Governor’s Palace at Colonial Williamsburg, this is THE place that got me hooked on Virginia as a child in the seventies. As a completely nutty history geek, I could not be happier! As anyone who know me can tell you, I’m never happier than when my little photography and history worlds collide. It doesn’t matter if it’s where and when my photos get used or when I’m out shooting, in this case they collided hard. Living on Fort Belvoir for one year of my life was the absolute best one year of my photographic life, and yes, I miss it.

While 2020 was not the best of years for anyone, I’m hopeful that 2021 will be much better. Happy New Year to all of you following my blog!

Two more pics for expositions!

I recently found out that two of my photos were selected to be shown digitally, this time they are both from special places for me.  I am a lover of history and while I’ve had a few jobs in life, two were great.  The first was as a US Navy Musician for 30 years and the second was as a US History adjunct professor after retiring from the Navy.  In the latter I learned what you’ll hear several people say, it’s not work if you love what you do.  I really miss that job, loved going to work, and loved discussing history.  Both of these photos are at historic locations.

The first photo was taken at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) in Virginia.  I remember visiting here as a child on a family vacation in the early 1970’s, even then the history amazed me.  However,Snowfall later in life, after having a few friends buried here, it has taken on a different meaning.  Whenever I’d find myself shooting photos at ANC I’d pay my respects if I was in the area. While I loved shooting here, I never took photos of those grieving or burial services and if a procession was passing I put my camera away.  Besides, there’s plenty of other photo opportunities inside this hallowed place given all of historic people buried here.  This photo, Snowfall, of winter graves at Arlington National Cemetery was selected for a digital exposition in Berlin Germany at the BBA Circle at the Mostly White Exposition.  

The second photo today was taken at Colonial Williamsburg, also in Virginia.  This is another place we visited on that seventies family trip and it’s as amazing today as it wasAfter Darkthen.  Frankly, it’s amazing to walk with my wife and girls in the exact same places that I walked with my parents and brother on that trip.  I only hope my girls will visit some day with their children.  This photo of the Governor’s Palace was a night shot that my oldest daughter came along, it’s always more fun when my family is with me.  I don’t think they can say the same…  I’m a pain to be with when I’m shooting and it’s probably worse in a historic place.  About two year prior to when this photo was taken, I visited by myself, and before I knew it an entire day had passed.  Anyway, this night photo, called After Dark, is of the Governor’s Palace and was selected for a digital showing at the Valid World Hall Gallery in Barcelona, Spain in the Dramatic Lighting Exhibit on November 1, 2019.

Many thanks as always to all of you follow this blog and support this thing I do! sig