All posts tagged: charlottesville

Get off our Lawn

Charlottesville, Virginia is one of my favorite places in the world. It was my home for four years while I attended the University of Virginia, and there’s still a part of me would be willing to move back in a heartbeat. Lots of people are emotionally attached to their university towns, but Charlottesville is truly special. A little blue dot in a sea of rural right-wingers, this little town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains is progressive, artistic, quirky, and utterly charming. Today, and for the past few months, Charlottesville has become the epicenter for a kind of bigotry and hatred that the country hasn’t seen in decades, and I’m pretty conflicted about it. My home state of Virginia is home to a violent and oppressive history. Thomas Jefferson’s university was built by slaves. There is a confederate graveyard in the middle of its grounds. Construction of a new academic building halted when they uncovered a slave cemetery. “Tradition” is honored above all, often to the detriment of progressive change. In short, UVA is full …

snapshots

Third year of college was a very impulsive time for me. Old enough to know the ropes, know the people to collaborate with, and shed my underclassman inferiority, but not yet old enough that the crushing weight of the impending “Real world” scared me into complacency. Emboldened by my willing friends and probably a healthy dose of hubris, I launched “CVille Snapshots.” It was an (admittedly short-lived) disposable camera project that I had really no particular reason for other than it seemed like a fun idea. Like I’ve said before, I am often in the habit of having ridiculous and silly ideas, and I was especially prone to acting on the silliest of them while I was in college. I even wrote and won a grant for the project from the Student Arts Committee. Here’s my 100 word grant application description the project: CVille Snapshots is a year­long photography project in the UVa and Charlottesville communities. Disposable cameras will be left in various places around grounds and parts of Charlottesville frequented by students for a few hours, with instructions to snap a photo of …