Lynchburg was hit hard last night. An hour-long storm left hundreds of trees down and tens of thousands without power. I spent today driving around, talking to people and making photos of what the storm left behind.
My latest project for the In Harmony series. See the whole series (thus far) online: In Harmony: Music in Central Virginia.
Working mostly out of Bedford, James Jones has spent over 30 years refining his craft: building acoustic musical instruments. “You have to put the time in. And I have put the time in.” His expertly crafted hammered dulcimers have been shipped and played around the world. Octave mandolins, harps, zithers and psalteries also take shape in his shop, which he always worked by himself. “You feel like an enabler. Because that’s really what instrument builders are,” said Jones. “The fact that you’re working with your hands and creating things out of materials has its own satisfactions but you also realize that what you ultimately produce is making music.”
I was photographing a story in a rural area last weekend and an unexpected scene unfolded.
A few of the people I was with had dogs who were all playing together and ran off toward some nearby woods. A few minutes later, we heard really intense barking but didn’t think much of it until it was accompanied by a loud bleeting sound, like a lamb. Ben, a young man with us, quickly ran off to see what was going on. I followed with my gear and caught up as he came out of the woods carrying a very panicked fawn, which one of his dogs had chased down and gotten in its mouth. He called off the dogs and put the fawn down in a tent to check it for injuries. The only blood was from small puncture wound on its side so after the fawn calmed down and the dogs were put inside, Ben let the fawn go and it ran off toward where it came from.
Fingers crossed and I’m hoping there isn’t a sad conclusion next time I go back.
I had to cut short my LOOK3 weekend in Charlottesville to photograph Jefferson Forest High School and Staunton River High School graduation ceremonies in Lynchburg on Saturday. Even though I felt like the kid in the last photo I tried to make the most of my day.
Miller Park Pool had its first official day of the season today. I wanted to dive in.
As part of my personal goal to get better at portraits, I wanted shoot this round of high school athletes of the year in black and white, using low-key lighting. Sam and Jill got on board and I think the series was very successful. It was good to really experiment with the subtleties of lighting, posing, and toning to get these shots together.
Missed this one in May: Jefferson Forest High School put on “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and they had some amazing custom wigs made to top off the costumes. I went to photograph their first try-ons.