Photographed during an early morning walk to the metro station.
I’d like you to meet Ethan DeNolf, founder & owner of Virginia Barbers Club, which recently opened doors for business in Old Town Alexandria, on North Lee Street between Cameron & Queen. At first glance it’s a specialty men’s barbershop. But it’s so much more. Although clients can schedule day-of appointments, it pays to become a club member. Members get special perks, such as monthly networking events, priority access to the booking system, and special access to the almighty fridge.
It’s clear that Ethan has a passion for community, both in the barbering world as well as the local community. Back in 2015, he started VBC as an association to raise awareness amongst barbers about state rules and regulations, especially pertaining to licensing. Now that the shop has opened its doors, Ethan is planning various community outreach events, so keep an eye out for those. You can check it all out at www.virginiabarbersclub.com.
Just another of the many beautiful doors of Old Town Alexandria. Hard afternoon sunlight doing what it does best: showcasing color, texture, and form.
Afternoon light highlighted this window display on the corner of South Royal & Prince Streets in Old Town. I love the play of light and color in this scene.
Here in Alexandria, we’ve had a number of pretty snowfalls so far this winter. Driving back from Old Town one morning, I was struck by the beauty of this red door in the falling snow. It was one of those things I noticed in passing and began to think, wow, that might make a nice photo. Luckily I had my camera in the back so I drove around the block, pulled over, and took the shot.
I used a high ISO to obtain a faster shutter speed, thus better freezing the motion of the falling snowflakes. By the way, this was shot with a vintage Nikon lens that I acquired on eBay for $40. This is by far one of my favorite things about shooting Nikon digital cameras: the ability to use vintage lenses dating back to the late 1970s and even prior, if you know how to alter them.
Afternoon light turned this fire truck detail into an illustration. The colors and textures seem to pop right out.
Completed in 1773, Christ Church is a fantastic example of Georgian architecture in Old Town Alexandria. I loved the way the afternoon sunlight was streaming through these exterior windows, imprinting its own pattern onto the doorway.
There was a fire at this house a while back, and it’s since been restored. Here it is before the restoration, looking spooky in afternoon winter light.