Our bird-watching column writer, Thelma Dalmas, survived a house fire in March and recently wrote a column about the experience. Although she is temporarily living elsewhere, she regularly returns to her house as it is being gutted and repaired to keep her bird feeders full. I met up with her for this portrait to accompany that column.
About 7,000 homes in Lynchburg lost power earlier this week as the result of a very severe but very brief storm. I was actually in my car when it passed over but all I saw was heavy rain for about 10 minutes. The top photo didn’t run, since we had already used a photo of that site from immediately after the storm, but I think it shows just how nasty the cleanup job around town was.
Kim Raff convinced me, nay, forced me to go to LOOK3 in Charlottesville over the weekend. Having never heard of “The Festival of the Photograph” before, I was apathetic but thought that for an hour drive it would be something interesting to do for weekend. Turns out the Raff knows what she is talking about. I will be mentally processing the photos and projects I saw for many weeks to come; I am curious to see what sticks with me and turns out to be forgettable. To all the awesome photographers and editors I met, if you read this, I had a great time and I look forward to seeing you all again, it whatever city or other festival we cross paths. It was also great to run into some Mizzou friends: Polina Yamshchikov, John Tully, Caty Smith, and Amanda Lucier.
I was given access to document the last few weeks of the Virginia School of the Arts, which graduated its final class of dancers this year before closing for good. Every day I worked on this I met amazing dancers, passionate instructors and proud parents, all sad to see the school go.
The news tonight was literally big, a 225,000-pound industrial boiler was trucked through town on its way to the Georgia Pacific plant in Big Islang (not nearly as cool as it sounds). Roads were shut down as the convoy of police cars made its way at a walking pace past spectators who had gathered along the route, as if watching a parade.