Scenes From the Apocalypse
Feb 03, 2014
Several years ago I visited a friend of mine down in Raleigh, NC. On the way there and during I took lots of pictures that I never ended up releasing. I’m sifting them now and finding some of them downright haunting.
I don’t know what led us to this place, but Scott knew about it from his wanderings around the area. It was just an abandoned house in the midst of overgrown weeds, but it captured my attention.
12 Years a Slave
Feb 01, 2014
We watched 12 Years a Slave the other day. Soon afterward, having thought about it for a bit, I jotted down my thoughts and reactions. In no particular order, here they are.
The rare use of music really caught my attention. It’s almost like Castaway in that regard. Only items or ensembles directly tying into the story line are included, with very few exceptions. Platt had his fiddle that he brought out on occasion, and there were points in the story where they used gospel-like singing (Wikipedia tells me the term gospel wasn’t in existence during that period of time).
Snow hits the neighborhood
Jan 18, 2014
This is from last weekend, where we got a slight dusting of snow. I like it for perhaps the first few hours, but thereafter I just want it gone. Snow used to be such a rare occurrence (when I lived in Hampton Roads), but now it’s commonplace. Of course the kids and especially the dog love it - they don’t have to commute in it! Me, I just go out at first light and take some shots while the sights are still favorable in my mind.
The Bay Area in Black and White
Jan 11, 2014
It’s gray and rainy outside, and I have the house all to myself this weekend. The general lack of a color palette outside made me think back to my trip to the San Franciso Bay area - all of the fog there works really well for photography. Keeping this in mind, I sifted through the old pictures for examples fitting the mood outside my window. Here’s what I came up with.
2013 - The Year in Music
Jan 02, 2014
Every December Kristin and I talk about our favorite albums and songs for the year, and it always leads to great conversations. We debate the merits of the artists, or how that one song really annoyed us in an otherwise spectacular album, or how that one band member has really lost their touch. You get the idea. 2013 was no exception to this, and we recently had our music chat two days before I had to go back to work after the holiday.
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Dec 31, 2013
The new year is rapidly approaching, and so is the time when I have to go back to work. Wanting to get the most out of the day, we went out to Shepherdstown, WV to walk around. It had been a really long time since we’d been, and with Layla in daycare all day we wanted to seize the opportunity. We packed up the little one and made the hour and a half journey.
Walking Around Leesburg
Dec 30, 2013
Golden hour is a great time to walk around Leesburg. The sun is setting at just the right angle and all the colors come out to play. We went out for coffee and walked around after, just taking all of it in. I can never get enough.
One of the smaller shops behind Tally Ho
Weathered sign outside one of the shops.
In particular I love the way the shadows play on the old brickwork that is so prevalent in the area.
Layla's Work Table
Dec 28, 2013
This is Layla’s work table:
Layla's heavily-used work table
At some point I gave up trying to keep it pristine and instead let whatever happen to it… happen. I think I like it better this way because it reminds me of all the fun activities she’s done with/on it. I can’t think of a better use for a cheapo Ikea table!
An afternoon in Leesburg
Nov 24, 2013
Whenever we’re bored, the family and I like to stroll around downtown Leesburg. It’s just big enough to be interesting and just small enough to keep the amount of walking reasonable. Nowadays we park in the public lot behind the courthouse and walk out from there, but the garage near the Tally Ho theater is still there for free use on the weekends.
A motorcycle sits outside a small residence in Leesburg
The Oregon Inlet Lifesaving Station
Nov 09, 2013
This is the Oregon Inlet Life Saving Station. Kristin and I stumbled upon it after driving south on Route 12 in the Outer Banks shortly after our visit to the Bodie Island Lighthouse.
The Oregon Inlet Life Saving Station
We pulled into the parking lot expecting a historical site or museum, but found nothing of the sort - just dunes. Oh, and horseflies. Lots of horseflies. We weaved through the dunes to arrive at the structure we’d seen from the road.