Keys for the Hill City is a new public art installation in Lynchburg: 5 donated pianos were decorated by local high school students and placed along Main Street for anyone to use. I have played them a few times in passing and regularly see people use them on their lunch breaks or while walking around in the evenings. We are all hoping they are treated well so they come back again next year. I followed students at Brookville for a month as they worked their piano and put it together as a slideshow after it was unveiled.
I went out on a ledge to shoot people drawing and writing poetry on the sidewalk during a recent art gallery opening.
I was in the next town over when I heard there was a train derailment about three blocks from my apartment. Booked it back and was able to find some vantage points as local and state police pushed everyone back and secured the site. Last I heard no one was hurt but the crude oil that spilled will be terrible for the river health. More updates tomorrow, I’m sure.
Portraits of WWII veteran Andrew Shields. I’ll be photographing a few more WWII veterans in the coming weeks, it’s amazing to hear their stories firsthand.
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.
These cardinals were as surprised by the snow as I was today. I am ready for Spring.
My first time shooting this event, which raises money for pediatric cancer research via volunteers shaving their heads. I have seen some nice shots by other photographers in past years so I tried to focus on expressions and reactions.
Trudging through cowpies and creeks in the dark, hopping fences and ducking under thorny bushes, I went out with a couple guys who have taken to predator hunting. Standing in a field, they scan the treeline with night-vision and thermal-imaging scopes as a portable speaker blares animals sounds to lure in coyotes, foxes and bobcats. They have permission from dozens of farmers in Bedford County to hunt on their land. Although they killed over 20 coyotes during the winter, we went out twice and I didn’t see any action (I’m sure my being there didn’t help). I’d like to join them again in the fall when they coyotes are more active again and fill in the photos that are clearly missing.
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.
Covered a high school band competition and was reminded of my own years in the trumpet section. Combining artistry with precision and emotion with discipline, all within a group setting, requires a unique skillset. It was great watching this group get excited, silly, bored, nervous and finally relieved. Long live the band geek!