Archive for May, 2010
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.
I have to admit, I moved to the area well after this building had fallen into disrepair. But, it’s a bit of a landmark on William Street. The current plans have it being torn down sometime this year and replaced with luxury townhomes. I’ve tried to photograph this building a number of times, but they always turn out a bit too abstract. I don’t know how I feel about the townhomes yet, but to be honest, the space needs to be used.
I spent some time walking around the building, shot a few frames, and found some unlikely fruit. Thanks for stopping by!
If you’re a Fredericksburg native you’ll recognize these areas of Caroline Street, Jail Alley and Sofia St. The last is from the William St. Bridge. Gorgeous light this time of year around dusk. Next time we’ll get off the beaten path. Thanks for stopping by. As always, hit me in the comments if you’ve got suggestions for the project.
For those of you who follow me at Aaron Spicer Photography, welcome to the new home of The Other Fredericksburg! For those of you who are finding me for the first time, welcome! My name is Aaron Spicer, and I am a professional photographer in Fredericksburg, VA.
I love Fredericksburg. It’s a vibrant community, full of a most bizarre cross section of life. However, what most people know of Fredericksburg is either the Civil War Battlefields, or the commercial wastelands of Central Park. That’s not what this project is about.
That being said, I can’t really tell you what this project really is about yet, as it just started last night, while on a photowalk hosted by my good friend Geoff Greene. For the time being, I’m calling it ” The Other Fredericksburg,” because I’m not looking to put out a travel brochure, or a collection of historic doorknob photos. I’m looking for something a little more…real. If you’ve got suggestions, hit me up in the comments.