The new Liberty University baseball stadium is almost finished; the first game is tomorrow even though there is still work to be done. I photographed a practice yesterday and found myself divided between shooting action and features. They did a bit of work sliding and fielding to get used to the new artificial turf.
The Mizzou Alumni Magazine contacted me in January about running one of my photos from the inauguration and doing a short Q&A. I enjoyed the questions they sent and it got me digging through my photo archives from high school for some old shots, like the one below. You can read all my deepest thoughts and see some more photos online here.
For an upcoming story on music venues in Lynchburg, I was tapped to photograph the Sevendust concert a couple weeks ago. I literally did not know any of their music, or the music of the two opening bands, Avatar and Lacuna Coil, but I figured live music is a good assignment no matter who it is. With hit singles such as “Enemy,” “Bitch,” “Denial,” and “Unraveling” you get the idea what I was in for. I elbowed my way through the crowd for a few shots, careful to protect my gear from moshers, crowdsurfers and raised beers. Then I got a few from the edge of the stage and finally up on the VIP balcony. My ears were ringing the next day but it was a fun gig, definitely not my typical Saturday night in the Burg.
Doug John has been refining his beer recipes in small batches for almost 25 years and he has finally decided they are good enough to share. His new brewery, Apocalypse Ale Works, just opened twenty minutes from my front door and I could not be more excited. The new brewing facility and tasting room are next door to “Pints-O-Plenty,” the craft beer store he runs with his wife, Lee, making it a one-stop hops hotspot. I was with them a few weeks ago while they brewed the first batch and again during their opening weekend when I got to enjoy a glass of it. They will have their beer on tap at restaurants throughout the area and hopefully in bottles next year. A preacher who blessed the space (and then had some samples) must have done a good job. They have two beers available right now and four more will be rolling out before too long. It’s a good time to be here.
I remember making a few pinewood derby cars as a kid. Mine did pretty well in the “creative design” part of the competition; not so much in the “win the race” part.
Growing up in Minnesota, I endured 18 years of winters lasting 6+ months. I never got used to it. Winters here in Virginia are about right, I think. It lasts three months, the temperature rarely gets below zero, we get some spikes into the 60’s (and 70’s!) and we get a few days of snow. Just enough “winter” to justify owning wool socks and snow boots.
I was fortunate to photograph Maya Angelou speaking at Randolph College last week. She covered a variety of topics, peppered with recited verses, and urged everyone to check out a book of poems from the library. “You need to know the poetry. You need to have it in your hands,” she said. After all, she added, “the poetry has been written for you-—each of you.”
Swimming pools are notoriously poorly lit. I’m not exactly sure why that is but it seems pretty consistent across the board: YMCAs, colleges, high schools, athletic clubs… Last week I photographed a swim practice and I tried using a remote flash. I got a lot of junk but I think a few came out alright.