Friday, February 24, 2017

The Joy of Learning!

I have the privilege of photographing STAIR (Start The Adventure in Reading) students and their tutors all over this city for STAIR Birmingham. Wednesday, I visited Booker T Washington Elementary and captured this sweet girl and her loving tutor. STAIR pairs second graders in Birmingham City Schools with tutors for after school,  one on one reading instruction twice a week. The results are amazing!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Thus far...

We have had little or no winter weather here. This past week, the daffodils have started blooming and these lovely tulip trees have burst open.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cooling Off

Yesterday marked the 15th Mercedes Marathon. It's a great event weekend for Birmingham. The marathon and half marathon course takes the runners right past my church, Independent Presbyterian Church most years. This year we are an official race water station, and I like to go down for photos. Some runners like to drink the Powerade or water offerings, but some like a mini shower to cool off. I've known years when it was bitter cold, but today was springlike weather. There were many taking advantage.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Things Just Got Real

Over the past year I made 7 trips inside the Pizitz Building photographing every nook and cranny. I have been patiently waiting for my work to go up on the walls. Well this past week, I was on hand as the 62 prints were sorted and hung throughout the building's lobby, 6 floors of apartments and the penthouse conference room (shown above).  This is a first for me and I will admit being very excited and proud!

Another huge thank you to Jules Lagarde, Wisznia's architect, and Bayer Property's Project Manager Tom Walker, for their willingness to make this whole project happen. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Pizitz From Above

Last week I was lucky to see the progress at The Pizitz. As I crossed over the crosswalk to the parking deck, I spotted this view of the outside eating area for the soon to open Food Hall.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Men At Work

Yesterday I had got back down to the Pizitz Building. Things are coming along rapidly. The Food Hall is getting ready as well as the outside seating area shown here. The apartments, one and two bedroom rentals,  are fast filling up so if you're interested, I'd go have a look.  This is going to be a big downtown destination. More photos to come!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Things Are Looking Up

Oh yesterday I was downtown oohing and aahing over the nearly completed Pizitz Building. The fa├žade that last year was in disrepair and showing years of dirt and grime are now pristine. It made me so happy to see this. The opening is scheduled for early February. I'll be sharing many photos with you inside and out!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Faces of the March VI

The last of my series. I wanted to share the diverse group that gathered at Kelly Ingram Park last Saturday. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Faces of the March V - Hugs

One thing that struck me at last Saturday's Women's March, so many women finding friends who they loved and admired who were marching with them.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Faces of the March III

I loved seeing so many young people who turned out for the Womens' March last Saturday!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Faces of the March II

This sweet girl was a bit leery of me as I took her photo with her mom (below). After I snapped their photo, I leaned down and spoke with her and I think she decided I was OK. I sought to capture the diversity of the Women's March last Saturday. I will share more in the next few days.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Faces of the Birmingham March

I'm teaching a class on people photography at my church right now so I tried to get a few at the Women's March here in Birmingham last Saturday. I got very lucky, didn't I!

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Quiet Moment

Last Saturday during Birmingham's Women's March at Kelly Ingram Park, , I found this little guy having a quiet moment with the Three Kneeling Ministers. Reverends Martin Luther King, Jr, Ralph Abernathy and Fred Shuttlesworth are depicted here by artist Raymond Kaskey.