Downtown Richmond

My camera was on the bench, so I pushed the shutter and hoped for the best.

". . .no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of Religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities . . ."

— Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

Finding Walker

After a long day of wandering around Southside Richmond, taking pictures, I decided to head back home. Taking the scenic route (ie. missing my turn onto the highway), I wound up driving past Black Swan Books. Suddenly, I got the impulse to stop, turn around, and venture inside. After browsing the bins in the front, I headed to the back room, for whatever reason, and noticed some art books in a display case. One of them jumped out at me - "Walker Evans: American Photographs". An autographed copy. After a day of shooting some of the buildings and scenery of Southside, there I was, holding a copy of a book that the master, Mr. Evans, held some 50 years ago. I sounds ridiculous, but I felt like this was a wink, or a pat on the back, from a man who's work I've long admired. If the book wasn't priced at $400 this story might have a happier ending. I did go home and upload my photos to Lightroom, some of which I've posted in the last few days. I hope the man from St. Louis was smiling down on me.

Walker Evans biographer, Belinda Rathbone wrote: "His depiction of the commonplace and rejected was a matter of personal taste rather than an effort to change the world" (From the book: Walker Evans A Biography). UPDATE: I was back in Black Swan bookstore yesterday and realized that this copy was actually signed by the photographer Emmet Gowin - he signed his own name and Walker's.