Ethan DeNolf, Virgina Barbers Club, N Lee Street

 

Ethan DeNolf, Virginia Barbers Club
Ethan DeNolf, Virginia Barbers Club. Nikon D810, Nikon 50mm f/2 K, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/50 sec.

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.

Ethan DeNolf, Virginia Barbers Club
Ethan DeNolf, Virginia Barbers Club. Nikon D810, Nikon 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 125, f/5.6, 1/160 sec.

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.

Ethan DeNolf, Virginia Barbers Club
Ethan DeNolf, Virginia Barbers Club. Nikon D810, Nikon 50mm f/2 K, ISO 400, f/4, 1/100 sec.
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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.

George Washington Middle School, Mount Vernon Avenue

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George Washington Middle School, Mount Vernon Avenue. Nikon D200, 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.

Architecture has always been a passion of mine. I am fascinated by the way lines intersect and branch off to form other shapes and patterns. The feeling that these two parts of the building converge somewhere that we can’t see is very interesting to me. Walk a little bit further to the left and it’s a completely different feeling.

I also love the way the trees filter the late afternoon sunlight, casting undulating patterns on the buildings. Once again we see the marriage of architecture and nature, if not necessarily intentional.

Oyster Shucking, King Street

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Oyster Shucking, King Street. Nikon D200, Nikon 50mm f/2 K, ISO 400, f/2, 1/60 sec.

I had the opportunity to do some wandering around Old Town today, so I walked the kids down the lower (eastern) half of King Street. I have always loved the window display of seafood on ice at Fish Market, but have yet to take a photo there that I really like.

I got lucky today, and was able to capture a few frames of oyster shucking. I must have looked like a total tourist, but hey, it’s good to blend in that way sometimes!

Farmers’ Market Produce, Market Square

Farmers' Market Produce, Market Square. Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/160 sec
Farmers’ Market Produce, Market Square.
Nikon D200, 105mm f/2.5 AI, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/160 sec

A trip to the Alexandria Farmers’ Market has been our family’s Saturday morning tradition ever since moving to Old Town. We love the produce, jams, and fresh pastries.

This morning my eye was caught by a fantastic display of colors at one of the several produce stands. I was tempted to buy one of the cartons of mini heirloom tomatoes, but at six bucks a pop, I decided to save my money for a chocolate chocolate chip muffin.

Priorities.