The Avant Guard

 

black and white photograph of a pedestrian tunnel by Doug Couvillion

The tunnel under the train tracks in Alexandria, VA always looks damp and forbidding.  I’ve walked past it many times and it always seems to draw my attention.

Dogwood In Jar Of Water

black and white photograph of a wilted dogwood flower in a jar of water, by Doug Couvillion

     Return is the movement of the Tao.
     Yielding is the way of the Tao.

     All things are born of being.
     Being is born of non-being.

From Tao Te Ching: A New English Version by Lao Tzu and Stephen Mitchell

Fishing Buddies

black and white photograph of two men fishing on the Rappahannock River

I love this picture because it’s completely candid and you can see the authentic happiness in the faces of these guys.  Even though you can’t see much of his face, you can tell the man on the right has a big smile.

Back Alley, Richmond, VA

black and white photograph of an alley in Richmond, VA

The other side of the building on the right is a lovely little downtown restaurant.  It’s funny how quickly the scene changes when you walk half a block, around to this end of the building.  Despite the litter and trash, I like the lines, the flow and the contrast of this image.

If you click the photo above you can see a larger image of it.

Inside The Sycamore

black and white photograph of the texture inside a hole in a sycamore tree

From the other side this sycamore looks solid and nearly invincible.  When walking around it you quickly discover there’s a gap at least 5 feet in length, exposing the inside of the tree.

Morning Paper

black and white photograph of a man reading the newspaper in Rome, Italy

Passing through Piazza del Campidoglio we saw this man reading his newspaper.  When I returned the next day, he was there again, on the same step, reading his paper.  It struck me as very Roman.  I’m betting if you were to go there on just about any morning he would be perched on these steps enjoying the weather and catching up on the latest news.

ALOHA

black and white photo of old camper

I spotted this old camper parked just off the Creeper Trail in Damascus, VA.  It once offered its owners a means for getting away and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.  Those days appear to be long gone but the shell of this camper still holds memories of past adventures.

Lazy Morning

still life black and white photograph of an unmade bed in the early morning lightThe bright morning light streams in through the windows to illuminates this bedroom on a lazy Sunday morning.