I recently realized that I haven’t yet posted any photos from my new job at Randolph College. Like the students I photograph every day, I have learned a lot in this semester back at school. I’ve felt drawn to this school since I moved here in 2010. The spired, stately, brick buildings overlook one of the main roads through Lynchburg and they always seem to glow in the sunlight; out the back there are incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Many of my first friends in Lynchburg were students or alums of Randolph. Which may not sound surprising until you consider that the school’s entire enrollment is under 700. Although I miss many things about the college life I see around me, I am very happy to be climbing my way out of the student debt hole rather than digging further in. I’ve kept busy on this 100-acre campus and enjoyed some different kinds of assignments for the school’s magazines and web sites. The title of this post is the school’s motto, which translates to “A Life More Abundant.” It is simple but really speaks to the heart of what, I think, secondary education can provide at its best (plus it makes you sound smart to use Latin words). This is a very random sample of photos from Randolph from the last year.
As I was leaving my shoot this morning at the Centreal Virginia Ballet studios, I looked back and noticed an angle I had missed earlier. A couple minutes later, a girl walked up, oblivious or indifferent to me shooting, and watched the lesson through the window.
I was given access to document the last few weeks of the Virginia School of the Arts, which graduated its final class of dancers this year before closing for good. Every day I worked on this I met amazing dancers, passionate instructors and proud parents, all sad to see the school go.
Having grown in popularity since the show ‘Glee’ debuted, The Amerechos (amer-echoes) show choir let us behind the scenes to see what it’s like to be part of the scene in real life. Reporter Jessie Pounds and I spent some time with the group in the final weeks before their first competition. I learned there are several big differences between the show and the reality, many of which Jessie points out in her article from Sunday. You can watch the video I put together on that page as well.
I’ve been having trouble shooting in the studio backstage at the Ritz Theater. The lights only provide for an exposure around 1/60, much to slow to freeze dancers in mid-pose. Yesterday, my third time shooting in the space, I found a single position from which my strobe would bounce off two mirrored walls and cast interesting rays of light around the room (second photo). I’m finally excited to shoot in there more often.