Dave Higgins Photography

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On September 20th, young people and their many supporters around the world went on a Climate Strike and marched to push for real action on Climate Change. The march in Albany was longer than other marches around here have been – about 2 miles. Starting at the natural gas steam plant that provides energy for many state offices, it proceeded to several state agencies and one bank, before arriving at West Capitol Park. Here are some photos from the march.

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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2019; all rights reserved.

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From early childhood I remember numerous family visits to old New England cemeteries. During these visits we would seek out interesting old gravestones, trying to gain from the names, epitaphs and dates of birth and death a sense of the lives and times commemorated.

I still visit cemeteries, but now I seek out interesting modern gravestones and cemetery folk art. What do these artifacts tell us about the people remembered? And what insights into life today do they bequeath to those who will come after us?

The title of this project derives from part of a popular epitaph on old (and some new) gravestones:

“Stranger pause, as you pass by. As you are now so once was I.
As I am now so you must be. Prepare yourself to follow me.”

Over the past few years I’ve posted several galleries for this project. This is a collection of some of my favorites.

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I continued to work on this project in 2018; this is a collection of some of my favorite images from the year, taken in upstate New York and Texas. While I originally started this project with a focus on gravestones, this year I found myself drawn more to hand-made markers and decorations. You can find more images from this series on the As We Are Now series page.

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I was walking across the Joshua High School parking lot a year ago when I noticed paintings on some of the parking spaces.  They were something I’d never seen before; parking spaces as canvases for folk art.  Cool!  Judging by an Internet search they’re something of a novelty; the only locations I found information for were West Orange High School in Florida and James Bowie High School in Texas.  Looking at the Joshua artwork, I knew I’d want to photograph them sometime.

Joshua High School parking lot, from Google Maps satellite view. (At least a year old, as some of the art has changed.)

I finally got my chance a week ago, when I went over to the school early Saturday morning.  At first the novelty of the subject presented a challenge: how to photograph them?  What actually was the subject and what did I want to convey about it?  I started off taking photos that mainly featured the art work, but which offered a sliver of the surrounding environment to provide perspective and context.  However, as I became familiar with them I started to notice relationships between some spaces, involving subject matter, technique or simply colors.  And so I started to explore some of those relationships.

This wound up being a really fun project that I’ll have to revisit in the future.  I hope you have as much fun viewing these images as I had working with them.  And thanks to the creative students of Joshua High for creating such wonderful artwork!

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Albany’s West Capital Park hosted the second annual March For Science today. While the weather and wildly various forecasts may have put a dent in attendance numbers this year, at least we didn’t have any sleet or freezing rain. For those who did attend, there were many booths with fun science displays, creative and entertaining signs, and stirring speeches by some local scientists and officials. Here are some photos from the day.

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