If you go
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today
Where: Downtown galleries
It would be difficult to find a job that offers more variety than being a newspaper photographer. In his long career with the Daily Mail, photographer Tom Hindman has covered car accidents and fires, natural disasters, sports moments, elections and any number of feature stories from food to festivals to interesting people.
In his time off, Hindman finds there are plenty of other photographs he likes to shoot, particularly while he is out enjoying the great state of West Virginia. His own back yard is a rich source of inspiration.
"The nature shots seem to happen in front of me - I always try to be prepared with a camera," Hindman said. He tries to keep at least one camera set up on a tripod, ready to capture a frog by his pond, a deer skittering by or a bird at a feeder.
An avid gardener, he invites wildlife and they reward him with great photo opportunities.
One night at 11:30 p.m. a family of five raccoons crowded into an open bird feeder for a feast. Hindman called his wife, Diann, over to see. They were mesmerized by the sight - and then she reminded him he should snap a photo.
"Diann is very in tune - I call her the eagle eye," he said. The bird feeder has a 12-volt light in it, which makes for interesting sightings at night.
Hindman will bring some of his personal photo collection out for today's ArtWalk, the first time he has exhibited locally. He and artist Kelly Bryant will share space at the grand opening of Tony the Tailor's newly expanded shop at Virginia and Hale streets.
Hindman, a native of West Virginia, left the state to attend Northeastern University and then a career in the Northeast that included photography, owning an art gallery and running a general store on a remote Maine island.
He and his family returned to West Virginia in 1992 when he took his job at the Daily Mail.
The 25 photos he'll be exhibiting today include some taken years ago in Maine and Massachusetts as well as his recent award-winning photo from the West Virginia Press Association of a plane crossing the path of a full moon.