The Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer
March 6, 2010
Yesterday I photographed this fun and inspiring charity snowshoe race with Kay Beaton. It is an annual Susan G. Komen event sponsored by Tubbs snowshoes, where racers run or walk around the Nordic Center in Frisco, Colorado. About 2,200 racers turned up in pink clothing, costumes, wigs, or tutus, and raised over $80,000 for breast cancer research.All day I alternated between laughter and tears. What a brilliant way to raise money for charity and to show support for those affected by cancer. Also I want to take a moment to say for my millionth time that I love Colorado. It was such a great day yesterday.
WWII reenactors at the Scottsville Museum
My mother is the president of the Scottsville Museum in Virginia, which is a local history museum near Charlottesville. My whole family contributes to the museum. My father designs exhibits, gives presentations, and does general maintenance on the building and its grounds. Mike contributes his technology skills by helping with the website and presentations. I use my instructional design background to create the exhibit posters each year. My mom does, well, almost everything else for this museum.
Last week the museum had its annual exhibit opening celebration. Mike and I traveled in from Colorado for it, and lots of people attended to see the latest exhibit about Scottsville’s contributions to the second World War. Congrats on a great exhibit, Mom!
Mr. Campbell and me, teaching fourth-graders about photography
Francis Parker School
San Diego, California
As I mentioned in my last entry, Mike and I went to California last week to visit my fifth grade teacher, Rick Campbell. Mr. C is now the technology coordinator at an independent elementary school in San Diego. His school has several Canon point-and-shoot cameras, and he invited me to come teach the students how to use them. When these kids are in the fifth grade next year, they will be responsible for much of the photography in their school’s yearbook, so it’s time for them to learn some basic principles of composition.
These nine-year-olds are smart, creative, and bold! They learned quickly, and were bursting with enthusiasm. Later that day, Mr C and I went through all their photos, and we were really surprised by some of them. Most of the students followed the rules of composition that I taught, but several of them took those rules a step further to really tell a story or create something meaningful. Way to go, Parker fourth-graders!
My dad with his model train from childhood
Scottsville Museum, Virginia
April 14, 2007
I really love this photo of my father with the model train he played with as a child. His parents and grandparents worked on the railroad, and then my dad put himself through college and grad school by driving trains at night. The railroad has always been a big part of my father’s life, which is why this model train was his beloved toy.
Dad loaned his train to the Scottsville Museum for their WWII exhibit. I love this moment that I captured of my father with the train. You can see the happy memories on his face.
A close-up of the train
My mother, in the doorway to the museum
My dad, a lifetime stamp collector, put together this extraordinary exhibit about the WWII mail system
Me with Professor Charles Fry. Dr. Fry was my professor for two of my undergraduate psychology classes: Adolescent Psychology and Primate Behavior. He ended up being a huge influence on my life, and it’s wonderful to be able to stay in touch with him. He is a board member of the museum, so we see each other at least once a year.
Another nice shot of my dad
Mom with her museum co-president and good friend, Gwynne.
You might recognize the poster in the background as one I designed a few weeks ago. People loved it!
With my parents
WWII veteran Milton Cohen wipes a tear as Colonel John Bowers announces the names of local war veterans.
Scottsville Museum’s annual exhibit opening: “Small Town, Big War”
April 14, 2007
Saturday was the opening reception for Scottsville Museum’s annual exhibit. My mother is the president of this history museum in central Virginia, and she has been working incredibly hard for months to put together this wonderful exhibit. The exhibit focused on the impact of WWII on the people of Scottsville. It featured several local veterans and families, and the opening ceremony turned out to be a highly emotional event.
Several of the featured veterans and their families attended, which made the exhibit personal and heartwarming. Even many people who were not directly involved in the war still talked to me with vivid memories of the time period, and I loved hearing everyone’s stories. My father walked through the exhibit with me, and pointed out toys and foods that he remembers from his wartime childhood.
In the picture above, the front row of the seats were occupied by several WWII vets and their spouses. When the colonel announced the names of all the local WWII veterans, there was a palpable sadness as the museum guests remembered their friends and family from this small town. It was such an honor to witness.
Mike and the Easter Bunny deliver baskets to children with cancer
March 24, 2007
Yesterday Mike and I traveled all over town with the Easter bunny, delivering baskets to children with cancer and their siblings. The baskets were prepared by volunteers of Compassion for Kids, an organization that serves to enhance the lives of children undergoing cancer treatment. The children were thrilled to see the Easter bunny in their own houses!
Memorial to the WWII veterans from Scottsville, Virginia
From “Small Town, Big War,” an exhibit of the Scottsville Museum
My mother is the president of a history museum in Scottsville, Virginia, near Charlottesville. Every year the museum puts out a new exhibit, and the 2007 exhibit tells the history of Scottsville during World War II. They call it “Small Town, Big War.”
Before I went full-time with my photography, I was an instructional designer, so I’ve been helping the museum design their exhibits every year since 2001. Last week my mom flew out to Colorado so we could work on the exhibit together, and we spent the week assembling stories, oral histories, artifacts, and photographs from the town’s war veterans.
I put together several posters to display on the exhibit. This collage is my favorite. It will be seven feet tall, and will greet museum visitors near the entrance. The image I’ve posted here is an adapted version of the large collage, which we’ll distribute as flyers to all the museum guests.
We launch the exhibit next month, and I’ll be traveling to Virginia to photograph the exhibit’s opening reception. Stay tuned for the pictures!
For a sneak peek, here are some of the pictures and stories that we’ll be including in the exhibit. All photos have been donated by their owners, and posted here with permission from the Scottsville Museum.
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Here are the brothers Benjy and Gill Johnson. They were from a close family, and both of them served in the Navy. Benjy, a submariner, survived the war when one in three submariners did not. Unfortunately his brother, Gill, went down with his ship outside Okinawa.
Here is an awesome double-exposure of Allen Gooden, a combat engineer. He served in the US Army Air Forces in the hot climates of New Guinea, where built roads, bridges, and air strips through the dense jungles. This is his favorite picture of himself, and I can see why!
Here is Alice Black, who served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). Her brother was serving overseas, and she was determined to help the military to bring him home. She and her fellow WACs believed that every woman who served in the military would help to bring the troops home sooner. Female soldiers were not looked upon favorably during this time in society, but she was dedicated to do her part.
Sam Spencer served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe. His plane was shot down, forcing them to crash-land in neutral Turkey. They made it back safely to their base in Italy, after traveling through Turkey and Egypt to get there.
As you might imagine, this is one of my favorite pictures from the exhibit. This is Milton Cohen, an official war photographer. He suffered from a disability caused by a broken back before the war began, so when he was drafted in the army, they assigned him to photography training camp, thinking that would be easier on his back. I assure you that photography takes plenty of back strength, though!
This amazing photograph was taken by another war photographer, David Schumaker, as American troops moved through the ruined city of Okinawa, with what appears to be a captured horse and chicken.
Heather, Grace, David, and Jacob
February 18, 2007
On Sunday I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with little Grace and her family. Grace is three years old, and she has leukemia. She is my new buddy through the volunteer organization Compassion for Kids, which strives to enhance the lives of children with cancer.
Grace and her family spent the day at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Sunday, and I joined them to take pictures of their outing. They are such a fun family! Little Grace is such a charmer–smart, funny, and energetic. She had us all laughing all day. It was wonderful to meet them all, and I look forward to taking more pictures of them to document this time in Grace’s life.
Memorial Park, Colorado Springs
July 7, 2007
This is Michael, whom I met through the organization Compassion for Kids. Mike recently graduated from high school, although he spent much of his senior year undergoing cancer treatment. In a little over a week, he’ll have major surgery to remove a tumor in his lung. Today several of Mike’s friends and family got together for a surprise picnic to show their support for him. His mother invited me to come along to take photographs. It’s an honor for me to be able to provide these photographs for his family.
If you are interested in learning more about Compassion for Kids and how to contribute, please visit their website: www.compassionforkids.com.
Michael and his mom
One of his mother’s friends gave him a cigar as a gag gift.
Smelling the cigar
Flying like a birdie
Hi, I’m Charlotte! I’m a photographer in Reston, Virginia. I love hiking, running, and exploring the world with my husband and young son.