Sue Henry, Tulusa

There’s this hip little townhouse in Del Ray that you can’t miss. In fact, I would say that it’s one of the most unique pieces of architecture in this neighborhood. Turns out that the house is as eclectic and original as its owner, artist Sue Henry. She’s the owner of Tulusa, her “personal line of original block printed and embellished textiles.”

Sue Henry, owner of Tulusa
Sue Henry, Owner of Tulusa. Nikon D810, Tokina 17-35mm f/4 @27mm, ISO 64, f/7.1, 1/80 sec.

Sue works out of her basement studio, which is flooded with light from a glass-filled garage door. That light was the inspiration for the lighting in these photos, and it was a marvelous place to create portraits of her.

As I was admiring her work, I asked where she got her inspiration. “Nature,” came the immediate response. She went on to explain that her color palette is sort of at the intersection of jewel tones and earth tones, which I totally get. It’s warm and inviting, yet also sophisticated.

Sue Henry, Owner of Tulusa
Sue Henry, Owner of Tulusa. Nikon D810, Nikon 105mm f/2.5, ISO 64, f/2.8, 1/60 sec.

Her work can be purchased online at Tulusa.com or locally at Red Barn Mercantile in Old Town Alexandria. Also keep an eye out for Sue’s pop-up shops around town.

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Artist Mark Parmelee, Alexandria Waterfront

Artist Mark Parmelee, Alexandria Waterfront
Artist Mark Parmelee, Alexandria Waterfront. Nikon D810, 50mm f/2 K, ISO 64, f/4, 1/1600 sec.

The Old Town Waterfront attracts musicians, artists, and street performers of all types. That’s part of the reason why I keep going there with my camera—you never know what you’re going to get.

As a street photographer, there are times you want to remain innocuous, even invisible. When it comes to artists and performers, I often feel that is the wrong approach. If the tables were turned, I know I’d feel uncomfortable working on my craft if I could feel the presence of a photographer lurking around me. So, as is the case with a lot of my photographs of performers, I introduced myself and asked if he wouldn’t mind me taking a few pictures. Unless the person says no (which is rare), it allows me to feel comfortable to shoot many different angles and moments. It also sets the artist at ease knowing that I’m not a total creeper!

Finally, for me, it’s about creating a connection. You never know where these connections may lead, if only to a pleasant exchange between artists.

Curly, King Street

Curly, King Street
Curly, King Street. Nikon D200, Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 @ 16mm. ISO 200, f/8, 1/250 sec.

One of the best things about being a photographer is the people you get to meet along the way. I met Curly yesterday as he was playing conga in front of Market Square. We chatted for a bit about music and then he was gracious enough to let me take some photos.