I met a man with more stories than he’ll ever have time to tell. Haywood Belvin has served in the Altavista Fire Department for 50 years, including several as fire chief. He is still driving the trucks to and from fires and said, if need be, he’s prepared to go in alongside the younger guys. Barrett did a good job puttng some of his memories together as a retrospective tribute.
For the state-wide tornado drill, residents in assisted living communities were instructed to take shelter in their showers during an emergency event. Cheryl McGowan was happy to let me see her bathroom bunker.
Football player Keith Lewis stands on campus at Virginia University of Lynchburg. I liked the look of the sun as the rim light and used a strobe for fill.
After several letdowns, Lynchburg finally got a decent winter storm. About 10″ in 24 hours, and I saw the range of reactions as I slid around town in my Honda Civic.
The temperature spiked for a couple of days between cold snaps and Mid-Town Motors stayed busy rinsing the road salt and snow mud off of cars. I liked the way the water spray looked in the sunset and hung out for an hour or so.
Everyone was on edge yesterday as forecasts predicted up to 6″ of snow. In all, the total came to less than 1″ leaving many people (or at least me) feeling shortchanged. As Calvin once remarked, “Getting an inch of snow is like winnning 10 cents in the lottery.” Even so, I found a few kids outside making the most of it.
The framed drawings hanging in Charles Worsham’s living room look like the most detailed scientific illustrations I have ever seen. They are nearly three feet tall and Worsham told me it takes him six months or more to make each one. Sitting at his drawing table, often in silence, he carefully observes and then draws each vein of a dried oak leaf or twist on a piece of bark with quick, confident strokes of his mechanical pencil. The subjects of his still lifes are propped up next to him, untouched for the duration of the drawing. His attention to detail and appreciation for nature were carried over from his former work as an FBI tracker, where Worsham traced the steps of people and animals by looking for broken leaves or disturbed twigs. He says he taps into an instinctual level of awareness that everyone has but most people never learn to recognize.
If his drawings weren’t terribly outside my price range, I would have loved to have brought one home.
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.
These guys will be performing at the second annual Garagefest in Lynchburg.