Friday, September 19, 2014

Somerset 2014

Orange County, Virginia 

Last weekend I attended the 38th Annual Somerset Steam and Gas Pasture Party. Next week I will be posting lots of pictures from the event which features working 19th century steam tractors as well as early gasoline tractors, antique steam and gas engines and pumps, and old cars and trucks.

Also, stop by on Sunday for a Third Sunday post featuring the nearby Somerset Christian Church which was built in the 1850s.

Enjoy the weekend and thanks for reading Photography In Place.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Berlin Wall

Charlottesville, Virginia 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Earlier this year, four panels from the wall were installed on the grounds of the University of Virginia where they will be on display for  more than a year. The sections of the wall are on on the UVa grounds adjacent to the Alderman Library, where my wife took these pictures with her camera phone. The accompanying sign reads:

"In 1990, Robert Hefner, sensing the long-term magnitude of human change and historical enormity of the people of East and West Germany tearing down the Berlin Wall, sent a representative to Berlin to negotiate for a substantial section of the Wall. He believed a portion of the wall would be an icon of the 'power of personal freedom.' Hefner secured four complete panels of the Wall, measuring sixteen feet in length and twelve feet tall, containing two murals by the graffiti artist Dennis Kaun. Painted on the West German side are two kings: a brightly colored, joyful king, representing freedom, and a largely colorless, blindfolded king, oblivious to the needs and wishes of the people. The East German side remains dull gray cement. Hefner believes these two sides, the colorful, lively West German side and the gray East German side, artistically represent the character of freedom and enslavement.

"As Hefner says, these pieces of the Wall are a great monument to the 'power of personal freedom.' When Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, he went to Berlin in 1987 and demanded, 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall," yet neither Reagan nor Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, the world's most powerful leaders, could make that happen. Instead, it was the people, exercising their free will and 'power of personal freedom,' which could and did tear down the wall and usher in a period of momentous human change with political implications still with us today.

"West German graffiti artist Dennis Kaun created his Pop Art murals on the west side of the Berlin Wall using spray paint instead of brushes. Working quickly and under the cover of the night, as it was illegal to paint on the Wall, he and an assistant took six hours over two sessions to create the murals he entitled 'Kings of Freedom." Over a period of years, Dennis Kaun became known for the unique art he created on the Berlin Wall."

The East German side of the Berlin Wall.

Friday, September 12, 2014


Greene County, Virginia 

Apparently this photo didn't do much for me in 2007 and the file sat forgotten until now. That happens: our perceptions and taste change over the years and that makes looking at old photos with "fresh eyes" worthwhile.

Hope you have enjoyed looking back through some of my old files this week. I encourage you to take a look at some of your older work—there might be some hidden gems waiting to be rediscovered.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading Photography in Place.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Red arrow

Louisa County, Virginia

Sometimes when I look at a scene I know that there is a picture there somewhere, but I just can't seem to find it. I looked at this building for a long time and in the end this is the only frame I shot. There was a better composition, but I never found it. I like the red arrow though.