In early March, we met Daniel Bachman in Fredericksburg to drive an hour east to Stratford Hall, home to four generations of the Lee family, which includes two signers of the Declaration of Independence; it’s also the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. Bachman knows it well, not only because his dad works there, but also because he can’t help but bury himself in history books about the region.
I find that talking to other people about my work usually brings new insights as to what it’s about, or what it could be about. I was talking about my work with a friend from out of town & he suggested that it had to do with contextualizing & featuring places in a way that allowed those who wouldn’t usually care about them to pay attention, giving them a stake in the space depicted.
Saturday afternoon we headed to Burnside Farms, a local pick-your-own sunflower farm! It was beautiful to see the field of flowers and a fun (and quick) outing for Miss E. We cut 5 stems including a red sunflower and took them home with us. Ellie cooperated wonderfully for some photos and OMG they just make me smile.