Thursday, January 22, 2009

Escapist

Escapist

I was in Manassas, Virginia, a week or so ago hanging out with a friend. We went photo walking in Old Town Manassas and snapped pictures here and there of this and that. This is the alley between an art studio/gallery, which I'll be featuring on Monday as part of 100 Strangers, and some office suites.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 01/09

11 comments:

Lucy said...

I love Manasasasas. More pictures, please.

Bob Crowe said...

The architecture, the whole feel of the place looks English. Does Manassas have colonial origins?

D.C. Confidential said...

Lucy: There will be more next week, so come on back!


Bob: As near as I can find, Manassas was just a sleepy little hamlet whose biggest distinction prior to the Civil War was the railroad that ran through town. It wasn't until the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run that the town gained recognition of any value. The Second Battle of Manassas/Bull Run solidified it on the map of Northern Virginia and the town has grown since. It is now the seat of Prince William County.

As for its origins, my guess would be colonialists settled the area because the land would have been rich and fertile for farming and the government, in an effort to expand its borders westward, likely would have incentivized settlers to move out to the foot of the Blue Ridge. (I know that was certainly the case in southern Virginia along the Blue Ridge. My guess is, the same probably happened here.)

Brian said...

What a perfectly quaint little street. Black and white was ideal for this shot... I can't imagine it in color ;)

The Artful Eye said...

This reminds me of an asylum. Kind of creepy. The photo is wonderful.

Cele said...

I envy your photographic eye. I have to agree with Brian, I can't imagine this in anything but black and white. The monochromatic a character in the photo.

D.C. Confidential said...

Brian: Yeah, in color this photo wasn't as interesting. I think I agree: B&W is better for this one.


Andrea: Interesting. You're thinking asylum and I thought prison! Hm. Maybe I should post it in color so people can see it's actually just a little alley between businesses. Then again, nah... I like it like it is.


Cele: Thanks, Cele. You take some really good photos in your own right. One of these days, I'm going to visit you on your section of the coast and we'll go photowalking together.

JT said...

I could see a group like Rascal Flatts or the band, Chicago posing in this photo. Very nice!

D.C. Confidential said...

JT: Thanks. I'll see if I can book them for this space and get a picture!

Maya said...

I love this shot in B&W. The perspective is great.

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: Thank you! I think I'm finally figuring out how to shoot long passages and make them look interesting. The B&W helps, too, as it eliminates the clutter and defines the lines better.