Saturday, March 20, 2010


Indeed, what is this bizarre means of expression that reads you as you are reading it, that is able to accumulate knowledge about the practitioner at the same time as the practitioner uses it to accumulate and record knowledge?--Emmanuel Garrigues
(Garrigues, Emmanuel ed. Ethnographie et Photographie. Numéro Spécial de L'Ethnographie. Tome 87, 1. Numero 109. (Paris: Societé d'Ethnographie, 1991), p. 28. Translation quoted by J. David Sapir, "On Fixing Ethnographic Shadows," American Ethnologist 21 (4), 1994. pp. 867-885.)


Monday, March 08, 2010


Friday, February 12, 2010



Sunday, December 27, 2009




Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Sterling Watson funeral. Orange, Virginia. 2001.


Monday, June 15, 2009


Thanks to the attendees, organizers and volunteers of the Look3 photo festival for three days of peace, love, photography and considerable meals tax revenue for the City of Charlottesville. Met some cool people, many many photographers hoofing about.


Tuesday, June 09, 2009

hyde park


Friday, May 01, 2009

bye bye chrysler

...hello minicar


Monday, April 27, 2009


Charlottesville Dogwood Festival


Saturday, November 08, 2008

Florida Avenue Grill

1100 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Home away from home, kind people, good food, shelter from the storm.


Friday, August 15, 2008

glacier watchers


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fox Island


Friday, July 18, 2008


light sabres, near Millenbeck.


Saturday, July 12, 2008


Brown, Abdulle and guard doll

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008


D.W.Shifflet, front porch, Rosni Farm

The part of a region considered essential to the viability and survival of the whole, esp. a central land area relatively invulnerable to attack and capable of economic and political

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Jack Jasper

Stretching barbed wire, 1976, Rosni Farm, Tom Clore and Dorsey Shifflet background, Jack Jasper, foreground.


Saturday, April 12, 2008


No, Paul is not crazy. He is a photographer. Photographers like to make pictures, not be in them.


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Greenville, Virginia

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

43 quintillion

forty-three times ten to the eighteenth power, the possible combinations of a Rubik's cube.
Current speed-cubing champion can solve in nine seconds...


Friday, March 07, 2008

Douglas Day

Folklorist, anthropologist, historian, culture warrior Doug Day has a new website,


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Trudy Coates

...been chopping corn since before the bossman was born

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Thursday, November 15, 2007


Trudy Treaty Tweetie Red Walter Coates Thompson. The man with many names, tri-racial isolate (Black people thought he was White, White people thought he was Black, he considered himself an Indian.) Born in Burnt Tree, Virginia, "I was born with a caul over my head." Trudy was provided with a house to live in on the farm but chose to sleep in hay barns during the summer and in the shop, a cinder block utility building, during the winter.-Fixing Shadows

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Plow a straight line, plant a field of corn, play banjo, lift a tree, shoot a penny at fifty paces. Measures of a man. When accomplishment has passed, when the season of need arrives, what then is the measure?

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007


D.W. Shifflet, farmer, musician, mountain man

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Monday, September 03, 2007


John Kirkpatrick, photographer

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Paul Corbit Brown, photographer

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Friday, August 17, 2007


Wednesday, August 08, 2007


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Thursday, August 02, 2007


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Saturday, July 14, 2007


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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

photographic life

Bill Allard in the crowd
June 7, 8 and 9 Charlottesville was awash with photographers. It was wonderful. Singular experience to be in a room with thousands of people, sitting still, looking at images. For three days, the harvest of observation took center stage. Further, the observers were observed. A role reversal. Celebration of images, recognition of image makers.
Observation makes for a lonely life.
David Alan Harvey blogs on the subject of fame...


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, April 09, 2007



Friday, March 30, 2007

time the avenger

AWS, DWS, Shifflet's Mill, VA
Even your wife and kids
Could be gone next year
And with what you have left
Youll be forever under pressure
To support her
And a lover who looks strangely
Like time the avenger- The Pretenders

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Tryme, VA

Tom and Emma Jean

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Sunday, October 01, 2006


sat at a table of humans, a rare delight


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Phone home

This is Raymond Bibb, long time Woolen Mills resident, died in 1999. Raymond's parents were Martha V. Baltimore and C.M. Bibb. I need help finding Raymond's daughter. Please ask her to call home.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

process unknown

Hoping some of you curators of works on paper/process experts can help the silver-gelatin dummy. The above is a detail from a suspiciously photographic sized portrait (16x20"). I would guess late 19th early 20th C. The subject wouldn't have had a huge art budget. Any thoughts about process? The image is on a heavy piece of board. I'd guess charcoal but the Chuck Close realism leads me to think there is a photo somewhere in the image's past...

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Cathy Thomas

Today is Cathy Thomas' last day on the Woolen Mills route. She has been delivering in an accurate timely fashion since before I can remember. She smiles with her eyes in rain, snow, sleet.
She'll be missed!

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Friday, January 20, 2006


The text that follows has nothing to do with the picture above.
The youngster above is the child of a friend.
Carson's expression captures how I feel today.

Two young gentlemen on bicycles came down the street and broke windows in three cars, mine included.
Called the police. The responding officer, while filling out the incident report commented that he couldn't live on this corner, too noisy, too much cut through traffic.


Saturday, November 12, 2005

page 49

Received two copies of the fall 2005 Oxford American in the mail.

My thanks to the mysterious agent who made the black and white possible. I am touched. Falling into grace.


Friday, October 21, 2005

getting there

Navigating an anfractuous landscape, happiness and melancholy, steeply up and down.
Creating images the work proceeds on two fronts, physical and emotional. The physical work can be corralled with methodology. The emotional work, it's like night.

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Friday, September 02, 2005


he lived alone
he lives alone


Thursday, July 14, 2005

his own man

I think about Mr. G when I drive through the back country.

He didn't have consumer goods. Didn't have a car, an electric range, didn't have anything digital.

He had a house, a wood stove and a broom (Mr. G liked to keep his yard swept).

He knew who his friends were. He knew what he had to do everyday.

He stopped voting after Kennedy got shot.

The Church ladies didn't like Mr. G., he wouldn't live as they thought he ought to, he refused to clean up.

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