Thursday, May 31, 2007

June 1

Concrete World opens tomorrow, 5-7PM, C&O Gallery, 515 Water Street. Sixty seven images in the front room curated by Will May. Seven images in the back-room. Hung the show yesterday. June 1 will be a busy photo night in Charlottesville, the town without a single photo gallery. Openings for Bill Allard, Nathan Baker, Lynn Johnson, Sally Mann, Steve McCurry, Rebecca Norris Webb, Eugene Richards, and Mary Motley Kalergis.


Wednesday, May 30, 2007


had a brief visit last week with Mr. Quarles and Mr. Denbow. I enjoy talking with people who are motivated by faith.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Reggie time

Dogs appreciate consistency. When my neighbor backs his car into his driveway Sophie likes that. He backs in almost everyday. When the neighbor drives in front-ways she goes ballistic. Guard and defend.
Reggie is Sophie's favorite neighborhood person. He is kind and consistent. Sophie would dislocate my shoulder if I tried to walk past Reggie without stopping.


Sunday, May 27, 2007

day of rest

Thursday, May 24, 2007

1401 Short 18th

Two of the issues identified in the Woolen Mills neighborhood plan are lack of city code enforcement and the negative effect of absentee landlords, Pictured above is one of Donald Robertson's five "remotely managed" properties in the Woolen Mills.
Absentee landlords do not seem to concern themselves with the quality of life in this neighborhood.

Sec. 4-42. Limitation on tethering, tying or chaining dogs.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any owner to tie, chain or tether a dog to any fixed or stationary object, or any other object designed to confine and limit the movement of the dog, for a period in excess of ten (10) consecutive hours during any twenty-four-hour period.
(b) Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor; provided that, upon a third conviction within one (1) year of any offense under this section, whether or not involving the same dog, the defendant shall be deemed guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

smoke or fog?

Classic Woolen Mills moment before City Council last night, beyond description. The goal-posts for Franklin one-way moved


Monday, May 21, 2007

on the range


Saturday, May 19, 2007



Thursday, May 17, 2007

we, the people

How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth--Sophocles

Thursday, May 17, 4 p.m.-- the taking by typo saga will re-commence in the basement conference room of City Hall.
What does the future hold for the Woolen Mills? Will the legislative action taken by Council in 1993 prevail? Will the fate of a historic property be dictated by a typographic error committed by an anonymous author in 2003?
Invest in the future of this community with an hour of your presence. A watchful and concerned public makes the difference. The Board of Zoning Appeals will be at the top of their game before a room full of people-- and the Woolen Mills needs their very best.

I would urge you to think both about fairness to the parties here and what the most minimum due process requires, which is notice and an opportunity to be heard. And then also to think about the precedent and the way in which this kind of taking by typo would really threaten and jeopardize all of our ability to trust the stability of the records.--Anne Coughlin 4/19/07

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007


(lt) Charlottesville High School Orchestra principal cellist Marvin Brown, (rt) Charlottesville Mayor David Brown

Charlottesville has selected a new slogan, A Great Place to Live for All of Our Citizens.
In Charlottesville we are preparing to elect 3 new City Council members, a deliberate process. I wish some degree of deliberation was shown with this slogan business. The City will spend over 100,000 dollars for the design of a building, how about expending a little care on the sloganeering? Solicit suggestions from the public, have CCDC run a word-design contest. I think we can do better.

The little City that could..

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Green Pond, SC

I forgot Ken's birthday. Need a way to reach back in time, a temporal shift telephone.


Monday, May 14, 2007


take me back, for a half hour, take me back

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

day of rest


Friday, May 11, 2007

save the date

spent the month of March making silver gelatin prints of images selected by Will May. What does the group signify? Hoping Will will say.
On view at the C&O gallery, June 2007.

There is a perfect storm of shows opening June 1, courtesy of the Festival of the Photograph-Look3 folk. Bill Allard, Sally Mann, Eugene Richards, Nathan Baker, Lynn Johnson, Steve McCurry, Michael "Nick" Nichols, and Rebecca Norris Webb. Photography everywhere, Casey Templeton, Jon-Phillip Sheridan, Mary Button, David Leeson, Horacio Salinas, Suellen Parker, Landon Nordeman, Farah Nosh, Marcin Szczepanski, Yoon Byun, Anna Bauer, Mariana Gruener, Ann Giordano, Shai Kremer, Brian Cassella, Dana Romanoff, Domingo Milella, Finlay Mackay, Hazel Thompson, Cass Bird, Jen Davis, Pedro Gasiglia Linger, Jessie Mann, Jeff Liao, Matt Eich, Ian Nichols, Weronika Wisniewska, Sam Richards, Stacy Pearsall, Kelly Bruggema, Phil Buehler, Fanny Griffiths Ferrato, Lalla Essaydi, Alexandra Boulat, Mark Moffett, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Anton Corbijn, Jonas Bendiksen, Roger Ballen, Luis Mazariegos, David Liittschwager, Paolo Pellegrin, Alex Webb, Paul Nicklen, Zalma?, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Tyler Hicks, Chris Morris, Simon Norfolk, Larry Towell, David Alan Harvey, Donna Ferrato...

For my los estados del sur phobic friends, send me stamp, I'll send a postcard.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007


Delilah (lt) Sampson (rt)

Near this spot
are deposited the remains of one
who possessed beauty without vanity
strength without insolence
courage without ferocity
and all the virtues of man without his vices
-Lord Byron (1808)


Monday, May 07, 2007

Through a glass, darkly, transcription, dissection, analysis

1 Corinthians 13-6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth

In photography compression algorithms are used to reduce image file sizes. The JPEG is the most popular example of this mathematic wizardry.
In government, a similar process is used, known as "the minutes". A record, a snap-shot of the governmental meeting, is taken by the on-site stenographer, and this written, compressed distillation is made available to the public.
The JPEG is known as a lossy compression method. Some of the image data present in the original photograph goes by the wayside when the the file is reduced in size.
Images are strong, they bear up to high compression ratios with much of their original impact intact.

The same can not be said for thoughts and words. I can not offer an average ratio for the compression imposed to the minutes of our legislative and judicial bodies. But I did the math on one speaker before City Council in March and found a compression ratio of 28:1.

Woolen Mills neighbors are currently appealing the "accidental" removal of protective zoning from a seven acre historic site in their neighborhood. The removal of this historic designation took only the figurative "slip of a pen" by the City, a mistake was made.
In contrast, the appeal process is rigorous and exhausting for everyone involved.
The appeal process is reflected to the public at large via print media, radio, and the "minutes" that will ultimately emerge.
Thank God and Mr. Jefferson for the free press.
But many of the ideas expressed, many of the statements and misstatements made, will be lost in compression.
For those who have an interest in the unfiltered process, a transcription of the public hearing on the "taking by typo" and BZA discussion is available here.

What is the remedy for institutional mistakes?


Friday, May 04, 2007

the light

Dorothy Roberta Simms Taylor 1/28/1935-4/27/2007

I can't remember a time before Dorothy Simms Taylor. I have had good people in my life. Dot went beyond good people. Dot was extraordinary.
To everything Dot did, she brought her habit of excellence, her intellect, her strength of will, her determination. There was no "half-way" or "good-enough" for Dot. When Dot chose to do a thing it was done right.
To be around Dot was to be uplifted.
Her generosity of spirit, her love of friends, family, community and church, her conversation, her smile--these things were infectious. When she walked into a room she let her light shine and everyone saw it.
I visited with Dot twice recently. Both times I sat on the floor. Close to her, close to my teacher, at her feet.
Both times she said "Billy Emory, have a seat, sit in a chair."
But I'd stay at her feet, I was happy at her feet. From the floor I could look up at her.
I have always looked up to Dot. I will always look up to Dot.
We celebrate Dot's life.
We carry her in our hearts.
Just as she carried us in hers for so many years.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

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