In light

A selection of photos taken manually using different light scenarios for photojournalism stories.

Rangers from Shenandoah National Park in the Virginia stretch of Blue Ridge Mountains have joined the Alt National Park Service movement to promote transparency. According to the group’s Facebook page, 59 employees from 12 national parks joined together in protest of recent dramatic policy changes and media blackouts ordered by the Trump administration. They created a “rogue” Twitter page with political stances and tweets that call followers to resist President Donald Trump. The group’s Facebook page, as of press time, has 1,158,182 likes, and features photos of wildlife that will be affected by the wall on the border of the US and Mexico, as well as what reduced funding would mean for the parks’ futures.

In July 2016, Christine Nash, a community manager at Main Street Homes, noticed two abandoned young kittens huddled around a light outside of her office in Midlothian, Va. She and her coworkers were concerned about them being so close to traffic, so they set up a safe animal trap to capture the kittens so they could receive care. They were only able to capture one, a male silver tabby cat that was three to four weeks old. After staying with friends, Nash decided to bring the kitten back into her home, and began the search to permanently place him elsewhere. “I was not interested in keeping him due to the fact that we already had two dogs and three of us were allergic to cats,” Nash said. The day before he was supposed to begin his new life with a former co-worker, Nash’s husband and three kids begged her to keep him; they had fallen in love and named him Theodore. “I was very nervous about keeping him as I’ve never had a cat, but I’ve grown to adore him and he and I have a special bond. I guess he knows I saved him, and he’s been a joy for all of us to have around,” Nash said.

Richmond, Va. is home to numerous historical sites, especially those dating back to the Civil War as it was once the capital of the Confederate States. Tredegar Iron Works is one of those sites; established in 1837, the business located on the James River became the South’s hub for coal and iron. According to the site’s page on, Richmond was chosen as the capital partly because of Tredegar so that iron materials such as cannons and iron plating could be produced quickly. After the Civil War ended and steel became more popular, the iron company slowly dissolved and suffered after a fire burned down most of its buildings. Now, the site is home to The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.

Every time Eric Bianchi, a senior civil engineering student at Virginia Tech, tries to park on campus, he is overcome by frustration. He has been the recipient of numerous parking tickets and the victim of a Blacksburg towtruck during his almost four years of study. There is widespread uncertainty about the legality of parking on the large, public university’s campus, and so he sought a way to better inform the public. Bianchi founded the Parking Mobile App club to develop an iOS and Android application to more clearly show students, staff, and visitors where they are able to park without threat of a ticket or tow. Since its founding in 2016, the club now has about 23 members and a website with a basic version of the application available to use.

The Altria Theater in Richmond, Va. did not always hold that namesake. It was originally the Mosque, built in 1927 as a performance venue, hotel, and other accommodation space by members of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, called “Shriners.” The city then bought the theater to be used for various city entities, such as a shooting range for the Richmond Police, and in 1955 was renamed the Landmark Theater. Expensive restorations brought in popular performers such as Elvis Presley and the Broadway show The Lion King. After another round of restorations totaled at $60 million, the Landmark Theater reopened in 2014 under the name it holds today.