The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

Quarry Pond, Belle Isle, Richmond, VA – May 22nd, 2010 The Quarry was dug by slaves prior to and during the American Civil War. This shot was taken from a dock that juts out into the pond. I’d have taken a shot further to the left but a Water Moccasin swam by about a foot away heading in the direction I wanted to set up in.

I’m not big on personal secrets.  I prefer everything to be out in the open.  I realize the need for secrets here and there and in matters of state but then I look at how a lot of that is abused by people in power and I shift back to the open model, especially in a democracy.

I think my biggest sore spot is the concept of the, “Secret,” to that great screenplay that will sell no matter what obstacle is put in it’s way.  This sort of easy solution bullshit raises my hackles.  It’s maybe why I like Dara Marks’ book so much.  She merely says, this is a structure I’ve observed, I think it’s pretty good, you should check it out too and then what follows is a well thought out and illustrated literary discourse.  At no point does she say, “This is the secret to selling your screenplay.”  She merely implies, this looks like a good path, maybe it’s worth giving a go.  She also comes across as a normal person in person as well and that is very much appreciated.

I do however like the secret lives of things or to put it another way, the past life of a thing now held secret by it’s current state.  Sort of a Schrodinger’s Cat view of objects.  In it’s present state it neither alive nor dead, it’s just waiting for the next step.

An abandoned River boat on the Trent Severin Waterway. ISO 100 at f7.1 1/125 exposure. Shot on a Canon T2i


ISO 100, f11 at 1/20 exposure

The Full Picture. ISO 100 at f7.1 1/80 exposure

Abandoned Factory Water Tower. ISO 100, f7.1 1/500 exposure


Derelict Wind Driven Water Pump. ISO 100, f9 at 1/25 exposure

Sheep Barn, Prince Edward County, October 2012. ISO 400, f8 at 1/125 exposure. The light was dropping off fast, so I didn’t have much time to get the shot.

A closer look at the sheep.

Cobwebs in the Spanning of a Civil War Iron Bridge. Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, May 28th, 2012. ISO 100, f25 1/1 exposure. Tripod Used.

The rebuilt Rail Trestle, Harper’s Ferry, WV – May 28th, 2012


Part of the original Telegraph Road, Harper’s Ferry, WV





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