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Death of the Righteous

Hollywood Cemetery

While in Richmond, VA this weekend, photographing for Sigma Phi Epsilon, our tour bus visited Hollywood Cemetery. There we saw the grave of William Lazell Phillips (“Uncle Billy”), one of the founders in 1901 and a man who devoted his entire adult life to SigEp. While there I was struck by the beauty of the cemetery. The following day Donna and I spent about an hour there on a self-tour. I was impressed by the geometry of the monuments, certainly, but mostly by the engraved sentiments testifying to the quality of the people buried there.

I shot just a couple of images, but I will return. Enjoy and please read the image captions. These were amazing men!

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The grave of Anton Osterbind, who died in 1820. From his tombstone “”The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips; he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. Malachi 2:6”

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Albert Lawrence West died in 1892. On the tall obelisk His inscription reads, “Tender and faithful at home; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”

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Back in the Saddle

Charlottesville downtown mall photography

I said I would share why I have been away from photography. The short version is that I had prostate cancer and surgery in November 2013. Please visit my new blog Dead Man Walking to find out the whole story. I now have a passion to help other men going through PCa, so please share!

Back to photography now!

It has been too long since I have felt like shooting. Fortunately, a friend needs some images for his new business site. (Thanks, Sean!) I started capturing some Charlottesville downtown mall photography last night. Thanks to my wife and dog who endured a too-late evening!

Charlottesville downtown mall photography - nTelos Wireless Pavilion.

Charlottesville downtown mall – nTelos Wireless Pavilion.

 

 

 

 

Charlottesville downtown mall photography at dusk - The Downtown Grille

Charlottesville downtown mall photography at dusk – The Downtown Grille

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Art Exhibit

SpringHill Suites ArtNight Invitation

SpringHill Suites ArtNight Invitation

SpringHill Suites Art Exhibit

I have been shooting panoramic cityscapes for a little more than a year. Actually, that is not accurate. I shot 4 panos during all of 2011 and only began capturing cityscapes again in March of this year. The summer haze clears when the fall weather cools off, but, for some reason, I failed to start shooting panos again then, and I wasted about 6 months of “good” weather!

I began shooting again in balmy(?) March, when wind gusts of 50 mph and temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s are common on building roof tops. (I will not fail to shoot during fall this year!)

But I digress from the purpose of this post.

4' and 6' panoramic prints at Digital Picture, Inc. for ArtNight

4′ and 6′ panoramic prints at Digital Picture, Inc. for ArtNight

In March I began trying to secure new locations from which to photograph. Mike Hinks, GM of SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Atlanta Buckhead, was kind enough to allow me access to his hotel, mostly because Mike Giamundo, GM of the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead, also allowed me on his roof.

Long story short, Mike Hinks saw some of my work and invited me to participate in this year’s SpringHill Suites ArtNight, their annual art exhibit. So for the last several weeks I have been editing 29 images, and last week, Owen Thompson (Digital Picture, Inc.) began printing (3) 4 foot and (3) 6 foot prints that will be displayed in the Boardroom that night. These prints will be for sale and 10% will be donated to the SpringHill Suites charity:  Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, our local hospital).

If you are around Buckhead this Thursday, May 10th, from 5-8pm, please be my guest at this worthy event. Donna and I are out of town, but David Brown, a photographer friend, will be filling in for me. Light hors d’oeruvres will be served, and complimentary parking will be provided by the hotel. (Free parking in Buckhead? When does that happen?!)

Me, an artist? Whoddathunkit?

 

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