Slower work weeks as the dog days of summer put Richmond in their usual stranglehold
Lakeside Community Garden, classic cars at RIR, Terry McAuliffe at the Redskins Training Camp, Henrico Superintendent Patrick Russo during misconduct investigations, weight-loss line dancing at Zacharias Ganey Health Institute with Walter Jones, a former ZG security guard, and…the good ol’ Squirrels
Spent the last few days working on a commercial assignment for Expedia - although buildings and architecture aren’t exactly my favorite things to shoot, I had plenty of time to wander around on a giant slab of good ol’ Americana. Felt nice to work loose in a fresh (weird) environment with no bigger assignment to worry about. Nothing too terribly serious in this batch - just eyeball flâneurie and meandering
Spent the last few days covering the 150th Anniversary celebration/reenactment in Gettysburg for the RTD - and I think I heard more fife and drum marches in 48 hours than I had in the 22 years preceding this weekend.
Conversations with Ed Clark on Global Warming and broad winged hawks, a statement from police spokesman Gene Lepley, stormy weather in Maymont, softball camp with Jennie Finch, two days of the Deep Run Horse Show, kid features, and an evening with Ugly Thrash Demon, a coupla weather shots .
Still getting set up and settled in at the RTD. This week was a bit on the slow side but things should start to pick up soon
Not summer til the pool opens, business bros talkin’ business, the very best librarian in town, raspberry farming, and 11 year old golf wunderkind Caroline Curtis laying the smackdown on women 4 times her age to place 2nd in the Richmond Women’s Golf Association championship
Spent this weekend covering the Virginia State Semifinal + Championship soccer games for the Times-Dispatch - along with an excessive amount of generic-ish headbutting and kicking images, I actually came away with some stuff I liked from the edges and off the field…
Renew Richmond, a non-profit dedicated to educating the Richmond Community on the importance of nutritious, locally produced organic food, helped organize Richmond’s March Against Monsanto on May 25, 2013. Led by John Lewis, the march sought to raise public awareness about the dangers of Genetically Modified/Enhanced Crops. Marchers began on Thompson Street, working their way through the Cary Town District distributing flyers and literature. Similar events took place in 36 different countries and nearly 250 cities internationally.
The phrase ‘start your engines’ is enough to leave me in post-traumatic shock, I’ve heard ‘Thunder Road’ more times in one afternoon than the state of New Jersey has since 1976, and I’ve stood in one place as 43 cars burned enough fuel to drive one person from Richmond to the Western Coast of Australia (literally - combined mileage of 12,900 miles!)
That said…it still makes for a handful of fun pictures. Regardless of whether or not i get it.
In an attempt to inspire his generation to engage and embrace day-to-day life, Charlie Umhau will live as a 19th-century street peddler for the next year. The project - part performance art piece, part local business initiative - consists of selling hand stitched shirts from the back of a 200 pound Amish hand cart. After his initial travels through Richmond, Charlie will be walking the cart 110 miles to Washington, D.C.
I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon in Charlie’s garage while he painted the cart in preparation for the journey. This is seriously one of the coolest things ever, and if you’re interested in helping with the project/want more information, check out his kickstarter campaign! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/380837518/custers-last-waistband
Richmond hosted the annual North American Cycling Courier Championship over Memorial Day weekend. Bike messengers from around the continent converged for a weekend of competitive delivery. The races consisted of a closed circuit around Chimborazo Park in Church Hill as well as an open course throughout Richmond’s downtown area. During each race, riders were given a manifest with a list of check points for package pick up and delivery. Although the races emphasized speed, smart routing and professionalism played important roles in overall performance.
Chas Christiansen secures a package after pick up during the closed course race on Saturday
Church Hill’s dog park was marked off as a no bike zone. Riders had to leave their bikes and make a delivery across the park on foot.
Maps with each pick up and delivery point were laid out before the open course race on Sunday.
At each check point, riders received a stamp confirming their pick up/delivery.
Taking Care of Business courier Chas Christiansen placed first overall.
After Sunday’s race ended, everyone involved gathered in Holly Street Park for an after party and side events including short sprints, a quick lock competition and awards.