Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- Remembering our History


Blogger micki said...

Less than two months before July 4, 1776, on May 26, the 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army was formed in the Gloucester Court Green by the order of the Virginia Convention to protect the Middle Peninsula from possible hostile British action. Upon hearing news on this very spot pictured here (our Court Green in the center of our small village) that the British had arrived off Gwynn’s Island (some 11 miles away, as the crow flies) ten companies assembled and made their way by foot to the island.

Lead by the Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore, the British were preparing to land their forces of Tories and British Regulars on Gloucester soil. The 7th regiment immediately set up of defense and helped to defeat Dunmore at the Battle of Gwynn’s Island The Regiment was accepted into the service of the Continental Army in 1776 and joined General Washington’s forces early in the year of 1777.

On May 27th of this year, I took my children to a ceremony that was being held to honor this event in our history by dedicating a memorial plaque. The re-enactors of the 7th Virginia Regiment were there for the day, showing life as it was in the year 1776, and they even camped out in the Court Green that night. The keynote speaker was Brigadier General Theodore Shuey, who came out of retirement after 9/11 to serve his country once again. It was an honor to shake his hand and thank him for his years of service and sacrifice for me, my children and our country. I am proud to be an American on this July 4th and every day. Happy Fourth to all Americans!! Celebrate loud and proud today!

I shot a whole roll of film that day, half in the morning and half during the ceremony when I took the kids back that afternoon. I used b&w because I thought it would look better considering the event, and I used a fast film as I knew I would be hand holding my telephoto…something I never do. I found this film to be extremely contrasty (and therefore difficult to scan on my cheap little scanner) but I am excited about planning some shots to take where I can utilize that strong contrast.

These images are meant to give a sense of what was that day. I hope you “get the picture.”

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Fuji Neopan ISO 1600
Lens - Minolta 28-85mm zoom, Sigma 70-300mm zoom and maybe the Minolta 50mm, although I don’t think so on any of these images
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. Buying Todd and me our Atari and saving it for after we’d thought we had all the presents opened up that Christmas morning. What was that, about 23 years ago?

9:35 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A great series which works well in B&W! Nice mood created. I particularly like the gun smoke shot. Happy 4th

10:15 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

230 years later, we stand side-by-side and jointly look to men like Gen. Shuey, to help protect the values we now share . . . your poignant images here are a reminder of such twists and turns of history on this special day.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy July 4th Micki. I get the 'picture'! BTW I really like the second shot.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Cool shots in B&W.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

Nice series. It looks really old :-)

4:26 PM  
Blogger Julian said...

Fabulous! I really enjoyed todays pics! Happy 4th!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

Thanks a lot for this part of History. Nice shots.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

great series!

6:36 PM  
Blogger Rosa said...

Looks like my hometown in VA. What wonderful memories I have.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Rosa said...

Duh, I didn't notice you wrote the info above. I used to live in Leesburg, is this where you shot these?

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Great shots, Micki. Way to commemorate our 230th anniversary as an independent nation. Unfortunately, I didn't get out and take any photos today. Point blank, I suffered from one of the rules of physics: A body at rest stays at rest until acted upon by an outside force. And there was no outside force, so I stayed inactive today. :-)

All around me, right now, I can hear and see fireworks going off throughout the neighborhood.

Well, off to bed, I'm planning a trip to the zoo tomorrow. Tomorrow's sections are North America and Australia!

9:53 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Excellent B&W series Micki!

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely series and b&w was a perfect choice.

11:57 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Lovely series. And B/W is perfect for the series. Good shots, Micki.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. Great series. Sounds like you and your family had quite a day. I really like the first, second and last images. I gather the last one you shot after they fired their muskets? Love the smokey background. Cheers.. Chris

2:07 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Micki, they are all really really good shot,s they all seriosuly look like they were taken back in the 1950s or something, a very nice feeling to it, and if someone told me it was from 1950, I'd believe them.

3:22 AM  
Blogger 散歩道 said...

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I am sure that this is the first time I have visited here and I must say that your work is wonderful! I will keep coming back, for sure. Great!!

3:25 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Nice series. i like the one with the man standing beside the flag best. :)

3:38 AM  
Anonymous John said...

NIce shots and good timing. Some of them evoke the feeling of being present at the original events. One day it's colonies and the next it's football. Oh' well that's life :-)

4:52 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

Niece series, miki. I think black an white works really well :)

8:07 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

classic series...go well wt bw:-)) really like it:-))

11:20 AM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Crikey ! .. Time travel is exists!

4:13 PM  
Anonymous deji77 said...

Lovely shots. Like the 1st best.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Nate Cowlishaw said...

Micki, Thanks for dropping by my site, Desert Dream, and leaving comments. I really like your photos, especially those dedicated to the 4th. Keep up the good work!

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Emré said...

I love these series! Great captures. Cheers!

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

Wow the second from top image of the group is brilliant...I really like it well taken. Funnily enough my parents held back an atari until all presents had been opened and we thought the end had come and yep it was probably about the same number of years ago ;-)

6:11 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Love that second shot in particular - great historical background to accompany the series as well!

11:19 PM  

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