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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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All photographs are © Dave Higgins and “Dave Higgins Photography,” 2018; all rights reserved.

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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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The following photographs are from Albany’s “March For Our Lives,” which took place on March 24th. I’ve attended a variety of marches and demonstrations over the years, from the early 1970s to more recent events. This particular event felt different to me in a couple of ways.

For one thing, there was an emotional edge to this demonstration that I haven’t really felt in others. What created that edge was the recognition that school shootings and gun violence really are a life and death matter. While in many ways the crowd was cheerful like other demonstrations I’ve attended, hanging over this event was the awareness that people have died because of this issue, and there’s no guarantee more people won’t die in the future. In a way, it reminded me of a cancer fundraising event I’ve done for many years. In both cases, the sense of real and potential loss contributed a vivid poignancy to the occasion.

The other thing that struck me yet again during this event was the incredible articulateness and spirit of the young people leading and participating in this cause. With the sad state of many currently in our country’s political and pundit classes, I’ve grown accustomed to hearing one blithering idiot after another in the general media. But having seen and listened to the teenage members and leaders of this movement, I am in awe of their ability to present their point of view clearly, reasonably and passionately.   They deserve a lot of credit – as do their parents and their teachers.

Finally, a word about the cause of this demonstration. It seems whenever the subject of gun control comes up, things quickly break down into a division between the individual rights of gun owners versus the collective right of citizens to not live in fear of gun violence. I believe we won’t get beyond this division until we recognize its illusory nature. This is something I’ve written about elsewhere: “Getting Beyond Individualism Vs Collectivism.”

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Going through some recent photos I came across this one, taken Christmas time at The Clark in Williamstown, MA. The books are on the upper front and back walls of this lobby area. There is no way to get to them unless you have a ladder.

The Sad Fate Of Decorative Books

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Today’s Women’s March was held in Albany’s West Capitol Park. Beyond the large number of people, it offered inspiring speakers and many great signs. It also benefited from some beautiful weather – somewhat miraculous given the winter we’ve been having. Here are some of my images from the day.

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