Last night was First Friday, and the official opening of my first solo show in Fredericksburg! Beth and Joy, the owners of Foode, and their entire staff, were so incredibly gracious and wonderful to me, my friends and everyone that came out to the show that I really can’t thank them enough. Beth and Joy have been huge supporters of this project from the very beginning, and I’m really touched to be displaying my work in their restaurant. The show will be up for two months, so please, go see it and stay for a wonderful meal. For those of you who came out to the show last night, a million thanks! I couldn’t have been more pleased by the crowd we got, and how receptive everyone was to the project.
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If you’ve been following the blog, one thing I’m sure you’ll have noticed, is the distinct lack of people. While I have strayed from this format occasionally, I’ve tried to create “people free” landscapes for the most part. What Fredericksburg would look like the day of the Zombie apocalypse, perhaps. That being said, one of the things I love about living in the Fredericksburg area, is the people. So I’ve been wanting to supplement the landscapes with portraiture. But again, since this project is about seeing differently, I didn’t want to create candid snaps of people on the street, and I certainly didn’t want to create traditional portraiture. Which is why, to start, I’ve decided to work with the tight, wide angle portrait. I like it because of the detail, the perspective, and the notion that it challenges the subject as much or more than it challenges me. The first of my victims is my good friend, Michael. And the second is my lovely wife, Lisa. If you see me on the street, and are up for a portrait, let me know!
Fredericksburg isn’t a big town. It’s just not. For a while, I had gotten tired of its kitschy antiques, historic buildings, and perfectly manicured gardens. Mostly because I felt like I had seen it all. I walk the streets of Fredericksburg on a pretty regular basis. And it’s easy to stroll past the same structures day after day and blithely condemn their existence. But that’s one of the things I love about this project. It’s a challenge. Is this art? I don’t know. But I can tell you this much…I see it differently than I did yesterday, and I think that’s important. Thanks for stopping by!
Speaking of iconic buildings, Carl’s would be the obvious choice. But I love Dinty Moore’s. Something about the typeface that does it for me. Or maybe it’s the ceramic swan. Geoff and I ended up at Carl’s for hot fudge sundays. However, that poor building has been photographed so many times (more than a few by me), that I just had to leave it be this time around. Has anyone actually eaten at Dinty Moore’s? Thanks for stopping by, and hit me in the comments if you’ve had the pleasure of a meal at Dinty Moore’s.