Sunday, August 16, 2009

T-Max Drag Strip (Concord, NC)

Sunday morning I accepted an invitation to photograph the day’s event at Concord’s T-Max Drag Strip. Honestly, I’ve only seen drag races in old movies and was completely unaware that to so many people, this is their life. The smoldering sun was relentless and ice cold water was not only refreshing, but necessary. I explored this world for the better part of the day and was happy to watch my new friend, Chris Parisi, become the new champion of the Super Stang class. Go Orange!






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Fat Fury @ Iron Thunder (Charlotte, NC)

I come from a music loving family, with many drummers, and as a small child was always fascinated by the mystery of my uncle Scott’s band, Fat Fury. “Nothin’ but a Good Time” was the motto of this grey bearded gentleman in his top hat & blue and purple suit, rich in his cartoon glory. His images seemed to be everywhere and when asking if I could go, I was always told that I was too young. Time passed and the little girl became a woman. Last weekend, I finally met the infamous Fat Fury at Iron Thunder, a biker bar in Charlotte, NC. Though time has slightly changed his outward appearance, his heartbeat remained the same as legend has it.



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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Albemarle County Fair (North Garden, VA)

Who doesn’t love a county fair? Or Carnival, as my daughter prefers to call it. It’s a Soul Circus of sorts with contests, amusement rides, livestock and equine tents, agricultural education, beauty pageants, bakeoffs, and several varieties of music ranging from local favorites to up and coming national groups - there is certainly something for everyone! The weather held out for the most part, and the short rainfall wasn’t enough to dampen anyone’s spirits. If you missed it this year, mark your calendars now for next year. Just remember, ladies…the fair is no place for your high heels!


















For more images from the Albemarle County Fair, please visit the website at http://www.bigdoorphotography.com/ . More in depth galleries from musical highlights will follow soon.




Wednesday, July 1, 2009

James River Batteau Festival (Central Virginia)

Saturday before last, men, women, and children anxiously climbed aboard their boats to embarq on a journey with life on the James River in celebration of the 24th Annual Batteau Festival. The Batteau Festival is an eight-day boating and camping trip from Lynchburg to Richmond, celebrating nature and life on the water during early American history. Through these images you will find that stories were shared, friendships were formed (or strengthened), love was born, a couple honeymooned, but most importantly, people worked together when faced with an obstacle. I am very excited about this series and welcome your feedback. This body of work is still evolving. Please check back often!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Trip Back Home (Concord, NC)

Home is where the heart is, but sometimes it's important to go back to the place where you grew up to really remember who you are and where you came from. This past weekend provided just that! The roadtrip full of family and friends was made in honor of love, while working to raise money for a childhood friend (and father of three) battling Leukemia for a second time.


Upon arriving in North Carolina, my parents and I opted for a night out. We drove to Concord for an evening of live music courtesy of County Line. With one uncle on Drums and another running sound, it was quite an enjoyable night!









Saturday morning I had the pleasure of meeting this fun family! Mom and Dad were very laid back and Dad even suprised us all with his spontaneity while expressing his love for his wife. I LOVED IT!




Miss "A" struggled to keep from yawning after a long night with a friend, yet still managed to show her sweet spirit and her beautiful smile.


Mr. "L" is cute as a button and kept me on my toes as he challenged us to have more fun! Luckily, we discovered the secret to bring him out of his shell and really get into what we were doing. Sorry, Mom & Dad, but you'll have to wait just a little longer for that one!

A little later in the day, I was happy to reunite with an old friend from high school when she met me in the gardens with her favorite nine year old. It was so sweet to see all the love and admiration "H.G" has for her cousin, who had also driven hours in order to make this happen. Thanks, J. You look great!






Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Parachute CD Release Party: Losing Sleep (Charlottesville, VA)

Saturday night, the Music Resource Center welcomed home veteran Battle of the Bands winner Parachute (formerly known as Sparky's Flaw), as the center graciously hosted the CD release party for Losing Sleep.

Now sporting a new name and with a new album on their lips and fingertips, Parachute packed the sanctuary with family, friends, and lots of dreamy-eyed teenage girls as they put on a fantastic show full of energy, and emotion. If you’ve never heard of Parachute, you certainly will soon! Check them out at http://www.weareparachute.com/.





As always, you can view additional images of this stellar performance at http://www.bigdoorphotography.com/ under “What’s New?!” in the gallery.

Monday, May 25, 2009

WAHS Invisible Children Benefit (Charlottesville, VA)

On this Memorial Day, we are asked to take some time to reflect on all of the brave men and women who have died while defending our country. Since this past Friday, I have also been thinking about a younger generation of warriors who have not been given a choice in the war in which they have been made to fight.
Invisible Children's goal is to create awareness regarding the plight of the people of northern Uganda, caught in the midst of a civil war between the government and Joseph Koney’s Lord Resistance Army, a rebel group that makes extensive use of kidnapping children and forcing them to become child soldiers.
Friday night, students from Western Albemarle High School held their second Battle of the Bands at the Music Resource Center, raising money to support Invisible Children. Each band took the stage not only to display their musical talent, but also to raise consciousness and put an end to this social injustice. Charlottesville's own, Grey Matter also performed and judged the performances.
If you’d like to see these kids in action, please visit http://www.bigdoorphotography.com/ under "What's New?!" in the gallery. Further information on Invisible Children can be found at http://www.invisiblechildren.org/





Sunday, May 17, 2009

Monacan Powwow (Elon, VA)

In an open field just outside of Madison Heights, the Monacan people spent the weekend hosting their 17th Annual Powwow. Saturday was a perfect day for families and old friends to meet up and celebrate history and heritage.

The farmer’s tan and red chest that I am currently sporting reflects the 7/8 mixture of German & Scot-Irish that are my most notable cultural features, but on this day I was there to celebrate the 1/8 of me that is Cherokee, while honoring my grandfather. Thank you, DeeDee, for your part in making me who I am today.

As usual, the festival proved to be a colorful learning experience that encourages love, understanding, and respect for all people…the Indian Way…and I left grateful for the opportunity to make this event a lasting part of my spiritual journey, as I look forward to the next reunion!



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For more information on the Monacan culture, go to www.monacannation.com

Guitar Raising at the Music Resource Center (Charlottesville, VA)

One Friday afternoon in mid-April, the MRC experienced the beginning of a weekend full of incredible blessings, beginning with the installation of a soapstone guitar sculpture lovingly created by Gina Carroll, which she unveiled last October at the center’s “Party Like A Rock Star” fundraising event.

Executive Director, Sibley Johns, steadily cut through local government’s red tape in order to have the sculpture placed in the churchyard at 105 Ridge Street that the Music Resource Center calls home. Volunteers gathered at the MRC to undertake the rather interesting process of moving the sculpture approximately twenty feet from inside the church doors to its brick pedestal in the front yard.








After the excitement of the guitar raising, I sat in with some members of the center as they passionately played with their creative tool of choice, making their music come alive!



For more information on the MRC, please visit http://musicresourcecenter.org/

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Good Day to be in My Shoes

Last Saturday morning after I finished filing taxes, I decided to enjoy the rest of the day by photographing those I met as I made my way along this journey called Life. Although you never see my face, you can experience this beautiful day through my own perspective.


Oh, Sweet Spring!
Fisheye view
Yard sale to benefit the Music Resource Center.
Selling The King.
Where's the love? Oh, he found it!
Daddy with "L" and "E" reading library books in their secret spot.
Dave can usually be found on the mall but You Never Know who you might run into at Miller's.
And there's no better end to a great day than taking time to enjoy the Masters!

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An Evening at The Paramount with Rita Dove & Boyd Tinsley

Thank you, Rob Garland, for the opportunity to photograph this thought-provoking evening. Here’s a taste with a little bass relief! Enjoy.