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Photo Festival Brings New Look to Downtown Charlottesville

By: Ruth Showalter Email
By: Ruth Showalter Email

May 23, 2011

To kick off the 2011 Festival of the Photo, aerial snap shots taken all over the world are hanging on trees above the downtown mall in Charlottesville.

"The pictures are beautiful and they are tall and they are on a scale that we don't normally see," said Andrew Owen, of the Festival of the Photograph.

The Tree Exhibit is just one part of the 2011 Festival of the Photo, which celebrates the arts, promotes conservation awareness and expresses the power of just one photograph.

"They kind of remind you of an abstract painting until you get close and you see the detail involved," said Dan Smith, a Charlottesville resident.

For the next month, the aerial landscape pictures by National Geographic Photographer, George Steinmetz will be on display. On June 8, Steinmetz will take center stage to talk about the inspiration behind every picture.

"We chose George's pictures based mostly on just because they are so beautiful," said Owen.

The banners stretch from one end of the mall to the other, each one telling a story that viewers have to unravel. The photos of natural history all over the world work to bring a glimpse of foreign soil to the trees in downtown Charlottesville.

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