I’m just back from Charlottesville, Virginia’s first annual LOOK3: Festival of the Photograph, about which you’ll find extensive coverage in our Newswire section. But this is more the right place for an anecdote relating to this phenomenal event and its creator, National Geographic photographer Nick Nichols. The story concerns the banner-sized prints of Nick’s wildlife images that were strung from tree to tree all along Charlottesville’s downtown pedestrian mall, the locus of the festival. But I’m not the one who should do the telling. I’ll leave that to the C-ville Weekly, a hipper local alternative to the broadsheet Daily Progress with which I grew up. (We used to call it the Daily Regress.)
C-ville Weekly editor Cathy Harding begins her account in the June 5 editor’s note, titled “It’s a jungle out there.” I’ve excerpted it in full below because you won’t find this part on the newspaper’s Website. When you’re done reading, click here to find out how matters were resolved. (Read the bottom part of that Web page first.) I hope the pictures below, by photographer Kelly Kollar, will arouse your interest. That’s Nick with the can of spray paint.