The world as I see it — by R C Norman


Miss Diane

Miss Diane

“A Good Day’s Catch” is the name of a John Barber painting that hangs in my office. It came from the old A.H. Robins Company that was headquartered in Richmond (and is now part of the long Pfizer lineage). One of Richmond’s most notable philanthropists and patron of the Arts, E. Claiborne Robins accumulated numerous prints and paintings of Virginia artists like Barber to display for the enjoyment of his employees and visitors at the home office — still a familiar landmark along I-95 just North of Richmond. Today, however, the building sits empty and mothballed. With no signage atop the iconic executive tower and no cars in the crumbling, grass-patched parking lot, the property is barely a shadow of its former days as a giant in the pharma industry. Fortunately, much of the art that adorned its walls can still be found across the Interstate at the company’s old R&D facility that was renovated and today serves as the home for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare’s Global R&D. The Barber painting on my office wall, depicting a deadrise fishing boat unloading its catch at the dock, reminds me of scenes like this one pictured here of the Miss Diane returning from a fishing charter to her dock on Broad Creek.  On lazy weekends at the river, I sit on my boat and watch these charters returning in the late afternoon and wonder if the tired fishermen had “a good day’s catch”.
Specs: Nikon D7000, 195 mm, F/5, 1/1000, ISO 100
© R C Norman Photography, June 2012

4 responses

  1. That’s a great looking boat. I love the way work boats look, and you’ve captured that one perfectly.

    June 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    • Thanks for the comment, Rick. Appreciate it.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm

  2. I like this shot. I also like how your logo/watermark looks like signage on that building.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    • Thanks for the comment. I did that as a joke when I was editing the photo, but then decided I liked it, so it stayed. Thanks for stopping by blog and liking some of my posts. Much appreciated. – Rob

      June 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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