Here’s a link to an on going, occasional series of photographs I take while getting to know my new hometown and state capitol, Richmond, Virginia. I’ve been here for about three months now. And while I’ve done some extensive traveling to some of the largest cities in America in my photo career, I’ve never officially lived in a city as big as Richmond. The greater-Richmond area boasts an estimated population of estimated population of 1.3 million people. It’s diverse to the point where the city is home to Fortune 500 companies and inner city poverty. There are public institutions of art and culture as well as a thriving underground art and music scene. All of which I’m shamefully slow to explore. Nonetheless, it has been fun having so much time to visit the streets that are filled with life at almost every turn. I’ve fallen in with a cool crowd whose members have great taste in beer, music, and urban sustainable living practices. On a recent outing, a small group of us visited a local brewery that was hosting a “grand opening” party for its seasonal brew. As illustrated in the photo highlighted in this post, we sipped dirty martinis at The Hippodrome Theater. Here’s what the theater’s website has to say about itself:
The Hippodrome Theater is located in Jackson Ward; known as the “Harlem of the South,” no doubt a reference to the quality musical talent that it attracted. In its heyday, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong performed at the HIPP. The theater has been beautifully restored with meticulous attention to detail.
Here’s to many more nights of exploration through photography!