L-R Katy, Charlie, Stacy, Patty, Larry, Caroline, LaTrelle, Michael and Pat
Yesterday an enthusiastic group of my photography buddies gathered at the historic Lyric Theatre for a little photo shoot. Thanks to Birmingham Landmark's Glenny Brock for opening on a Sunday afternoon and giving us a little history of this 99 year treasure. It was hot and dusty but everyone scattered to find what caught their eye. In return, they will all share some of their photos on blogs, websites and Facebook as well as donate images to Light Up The Lyric's fundraising efforts.
If you would like to make a much needed donation or schedule a tour, contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
Ona's Music Roomhas moved to the Pepper Place after 15 years on 20th Street South. I visited during the day and the light on this wonderful wall of photographs caught my eye. Now I'm ready to head back there one night and experience the music I've been hearing about for years!
The corner of Highway 31 and Shades Crest Road in Vestavia Hills has been in bloom for 30 years, thanks to the Men's Garden Club of Vestavia. Traffic is always whizzing by this busy intersection but when you get caught by the light, it's a delight to see what they've added. This arbor that is just blooming with purple clematis caught my eye.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting new friends Ginger and David, in their gorgeous home south of town. Besides a beautiful home, they have a delightful farm complete with three much loved donkeys ( coming soon) and their newest members of the family Flo oand Addie. These two chicks have the chicest home I've ever seen, complete with blooming geraniums. They love their two story home but also get plenty outside time as well!
BESA Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II, is a photographic exhibit by photographer Norman Gershman. His bookby the same name contains portraits and and moving text by 65 Muslim families in Albania who saved Jews during the war. The photographs are beautiful and the stories compelling. I don't know when I've been so moved by a book. The exhibit is free if you do not wish to tour the rest of the Civil Rights Instituteand runs through June.
BESA means promise or vow and the stories of how these Muslim families risked so much for the Jewish people that they did not know, is a moving and heartwarming story. Gershman visited Albania many times to photograph and interview those who were directly involved or their families.
I quote from Hamdi Mece, the grandson of Sulejman and Zenepe Mece:
" We never took money from those we sheltered. We took them in under our Besa. We are true Muslims and God granted us the privilege of saving Jews. All life is precious and given by God. To save a life is God's gift. My grandparents and my uncle were unafraid. They had full consciousness of what they were doing. "
I have lived in Birmingham most of my life. I think it's a beautiful, friendly, and interesting place to live. I hope that my daily photographs portray the diversity of my hometown in a positive and artistic way.
I am a former elementary school teacher, a full-time photographer, part-time painter, lover of all things French ( whose français is slowly improving), obsessive Paris traveler, enthusiastic art museum volunteer, grateful community volunteer, and grandmother to 5 delightful grandchildren.