Facing a New Day

Karen Wood stands in front of the Appomattox County Courthouse in Appomattox, where she spent many long days in legal battles with her ex husband. Those cases have resulted in him convicted of kidnapping and solicitation to commit murder. She decided to come forth with her story in hopes of teaching other the lessons she learned the hard way, with plans to do public speaking on the topic of domestic abuse.

We accidentally set up our time for the portrait before the courthouse opened so I opted to take a few shots outside in the meantime. We used one with her eyes open in the paper but I like the feel of this one as well.

Dave Thompson’s article about her story is here.

Fields of Tie-dye

I spent two days and two nights at the inaugural Lockn’ Music Festival. There was no shortage of interesting things to photograph with 25,000 people camping, listening to music and opening their minds in the rolling hills of Central Virginia. Artists included Further, Black Crowes, Punch Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Zac Brown Band, Trey Anastasio Band and others. And all was groovy.

Laid to Rest, at Last

Yesterday was the funeral and burial for a US soldier killed overseas. In Korea. In 1950. Since 1955, his remains were in Honolulu, unidentified except with a number. Earlier this year, after submitting DNA in hopes of finding a match, his sister received word that they had found him and would be sending him home to Lynchburg for a full military funeral. His mother, 98, was in attendance.

The story is here.