One of the things I truly enjoy about photography is the opportunity to learn something new. Last week I attended a workshop on Color in the little town of Floyd, VA. Floyd is about 25 miles north of my hometown and is a small town I have known for years. My family used to purchase vehicles at the Turman-Yeatts Dodge dealership there. One Christmas Eve my father decided to take the family through Floyd on the way to my grandmother’s home in Appomattox. To my mother’s great horror, he bought a new car right on the spot. They had to move all of the Christmas presents, including the ones Santa had planned to put out in Appomattox, to the new car without the children noticing. They were successful.
But, I digress. In my teen years, Floyd had a reputation for Friday night music jams at the country store. Musicians met to play bluegrass, and townspeople took advantage of the opportunity to listen. That evolved over the years to a full-fledged music event every Friday night at the Floyd Country Store. The store moves display cases and racks out of the way, puts up seating around a dance floor and charges a whopping $4 admission. Out on the street, musicians gather in well-designed cubbies to jam as they did in the old days. Even the Floyd Barbershop has musicians and an audience.
The workshop I attended was all about color. Floyd was the perfect location, because in addition to musicians, the town is now a Mecca for artists, and many of the stores have colorful displays of fabric, paintings and other wonderful objects. One day our assignment was to choose a color and to shoot an essay about that color. I chose RED. On my quest to find red, I happened into the local Chocolate Shop, and when I opened the door I knew I had hit the jackpot. The floors and walls were painted bright red, and many of the display items were also red. What a find! And, of course, I bought chocolate.
These images are of the countryside outside of Floyd. Rolling hills, barns, cows and fog greeted us at sunrise. Put Floyd VA on your bucket list. It’s a beautiful, friendly, and fun place to visit, and the Blue Ridge Parkway is very near for more exploration.