This photo was taken on a crisp autumn day at the intersection of Oldtown and Main Streets in Galax, VA on October 11, 2015. It is a panoramic shot with good elements of contrast with the shadows. It was taken on a Sunday with little traffic. It's one of my favorite views of town taken from the corner of the old People's Drug building.
This is a composite panoramic of about 20 photographs taken on November 6, 2015. Each photograph is a 30 second exposure on a remarkably warm night in November. I loved the way the Rex Theater was lit up and you can actually see my wife Michele and our 6 month old son strolling in front of Chapters Bookstore.
This photo was taken on January 17, 2013 with my iPhone 4S. Michele and I have a tradition of eating at the Galax Smokehouse whenever it snows. It allows us to get out in the snow and enjoy the weather instead of having to worry about cooking.
After we had eaten, it was dusk and just barely enough light for a photo. I stepped out the door of the old Bolen's Drug Store and looked south down Main Street. I thought to myself "Oh, that's pretty" and took out my iPhone. Without even thinking about it, I snapped the photo and eventually uploaded it to Facebook.
The reaction I received was HUGE! I had folks commenting on past memories of Galax and their love for their hometown. The City of Galax used it for their cover photo and it received over 800 shares. It is also what turned my mind spinning about documenting out little town. Living downtown, there are so many things I see daily that are nostalgic that I began to take more photos of downtown to share with locals as well as folks from Galax who no longer live here.
See more pictures from that night here.