My Girl in Izmir
Available light in my apartment, Izmir, Winter, 1986.
It is amazing how little she has changed.
She left the babies at home with their Nanny (grandmother)
and met me in Istanbul and visited Izmir for a month.
We had a blast and she helped me work on my photography.
My Daughter in Winston-Salem NC for my brother Jim's art show, 2007. Anddddd...that's about it. She just won't let me take
J is Happy
J and K out for a day of photos with Dad. Rockbridge County
December 2011. Not yet engaged, I wanted shots of them
together, mostly because I love what she has brought to
J's life. I also think they are two of the most
beautiful people I know.
No, I'll do THIS!
From an available light shoot of the Grand Boy, the house, December
2009. Trying to capture the lad on camera requires a lot of patience
and a fast shutter speed.
Long runs on the Chessie Train, Lexington Virginia. Though beautiful
in Spring with their brilliant white flowers crowing the
top, I prefer the look of Bull Thistle in fall.
Rumple Teaser (RT), my Turkish Van/Street Cat, 1991-2007.
I miss this little buddy. I have never had such a cat.
When I was in the house, he was by my side. He was my
alarm clock at my room door each morning and often went into
deep depression when I went on trips.
Trying to take photos of my wife with Bus posing in her regal
Turkish way. I miss this keddy.
Brother Rat! Brother Rat!
My Brother Rat and her dogs, taken out behind the
Superintendent's quarters, VMI, Fall 2008.
Taken on my first tour of Turkiye, walking up to Kadifekale with Vern
and Ellen, Izmir, 1985.
My Turk buddies, seeing this,
always ask why I take ugly photos of Turkey. To me
this is beautiful. I loved walking the back streets
where tourists don't go. I loved the people and the
little kids...so much more colorful than their European-like
counterparts down in the city.
The Lonely Post
Sentinel Post #2, New Barracks from the Sally Port, VMI, 2010. Taken
from the door of my old office, between Old
and New Barracks, on a day when most of the Cadets were away
for the weekend. The sentinel still stands guard.
And Arches...God would like a few Arches
Mission Tour, San Antonio Texas, March 2013. Surely these are
architectural buttresses that strengthen the outside walls,
but, I thought them excessive and over the top.
Still they make a fun photo with the guy who wouldn't move
giving the shot some interest and scale.
The Mears Girls, Lexington Virginia, 2007. Pretty Lexington
women, friends of the family, and more blonde hair and blue
eyes than I've ever seen in one place at one time.
The grandson exhibiting a little gentlemanliness on the Chessie Trail, Spring 2012.
His walking stick leaves a bit to be desired.
Looking from VMI Barracks toward the library, Winter 2001. Jackson
stands in front of the main arch of Barracks at VMI, facing
southwest. Going home in the evenings, I am generally
treated to spectacular sunsets. Making a black and
white photo of such beautiful colors some might see as
ridiculous. I love B&W.
Antietam Battlefield, Bloody Lane, Summer
2010. The girl gives perspective to the irregular looking stairwell
inside the observation tower at Bloody Lane. I
named this shot after Joseph Cornell, who sometimes like to
box up or frame his artwork in interesting and peculiar
None Shall Pass
Limits Gates Cannon, VMI, a harsh Winter 2009. Taken as Kim and I
walked around the Parade Ground, after two feet of snow the
day before the Cadets were to leave for Christmas Furlough.
Spring in America
Kim's Garden, Spring 2011. The queen of small touches that make
things beautiful, Kim placed this little metal flag down in
the daffodils, just to the right of the stoop. I took
this in the late afternoon light as I came in from work.
It's always good to have a camera handy.
Old Age Should Burn and Rage
At Blue Grass Sportsman League, February 2014
It seems I have been taking photos of trees lately. I
think it is their longevity that interests me. This
old sentinel caught my eye because the top was completly
ripped off, I assume by a tornado, and it has a bad case of
heart disease, but it refuses to die. The new limbs
stretch up toward the sky in what looks like defiance,
challenging nature to do it's worst. Am I that brave?
The title I borrowed from Dylan Thomas.
National D-Day Memorial, Bedford, Virginia, Fall 2007, Le Monument aux
Morts, a recasting of the original at the Church of St.
Aignan, Trevieres, France. I had nice sky this day.
What I Can't See
Taken during a Sunday photo shoot, I like this photo for the
shadows of the trees across her face. There has to be
a place for this look among flash filled-in photos, among
the photos using a reflective disc; it's just more natural.
We took over 200 shots that morning and they are all
amazing. Fault the model for that.
There Stands Jackson
The General looking a little too heroic, Manassas Battlefield, July 2010.
I try to take Cadets by the battlefield whenever we're
traveling through the area. It is fun to watch their
appreciation for the place, the history, and their heritage,
Val at Rest
My Running Partner, Blue Ridge Parkway 1998. I've never met a more
energetic person in my life. I hadn't known her a week
before she had me running races all over Virginia.
Bridge to Swapping Camp
Walking the App Trail, May 2010. This little bridge spans the
Peddler River below the Lynchburg Reservoir, deep in the
middle of our training area.
I, normally, don't take photos of people I don't know but this girl had
to be an exception.
The grain on this was a mistake in the developing process, but I like the
London, Summer 1988
"So J. Crew"
Graduation Shoot, on Post, Fall 2006
Visiting Harper's Ferry, Summer Furlough, 2009. Taken during a Civil
War trip with COL John Brodie, something we do every May
after the Cadets depart for Summer.
In his eyes I'd sometimes see
The boy I used to be
New Market Battle Reenactment, May 2012
Along the Chessie Trail, Lexington, Virginia
The railroad bed that fed Lexington, now our nature trail.
It is favorite place to run to commune with the universe.
Cowboy Boots in Summer
A Summer Day with a family friend, Blue Ridge Mountains, July 2012.
We took a summer day off work and drove up to the parkway.
Heat and gnats aside, it was a good day and she looked
amazing. She doesn't make bad photos.
Looking in Our East Window, on Post, Summer 2005. And then, the
Physical Plant cleaned off the vines. I was mad for
Taken on Forge Road, Rockbridge County VA, Summer 2012. A
friend's super cute sister comes to visit and we made a
country shoot out of the day. I love Rockbridge County
for its great locations. Sometimes you have to do a
VMI Cadets returning from General Permit. GP is a status at VMI
allowing all Cadets, except Rats, to go downtown until 2030
hours (8:30 PM). Cadets know exactly how long it takes to
get back to Barracks from anywhere in Lexington, waiting
until the very last minute to return.
Taken in the apple orchard of Bushong House, New Market
2012. The original photo is
manipulated with Sketch Guru and Autodesk Sketchbook on my
phone. This has such a Renoir feel that I decided to
include it here in Color.
"If such a thing had happened once, it surely must
have happened many times in this universe of a hundred
Wilmore Kentucky, February 2014
The afternoon sun casting shadows across this path I thought
would make an interesting photo. It was not until I
had a look on my computer that I knew how much I liked it.
The three trees reminded me of Arthur Clarke's Rendezvous
with Rama--"The Raman's always do everything in threes. "
The photo's title is from the book.
After Much Deliberation
Kim's Barn, day photo trip with my darling wife, March 2014.
After passing it for years, amid much heated discussion,
making a deliberate trip, and doing a little hike, "WE" GOT
The Industry that Built a City
Taken with my phone camera during a family trip to Sloss
Furnace Park in Birmingham in June 2014, the city's iron
smelting plant. I remember the smoke pouring from the
coal furnaces as we traveled to and from the city in the 1st
Remnants Few Stop to See
An old mill not far from Stanton, taken on a trip with Kim.
She did the research, found it, got the directions, and took
some fantastic photos of the place. Her plan was better