April 15, 1964.
On this date the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel opened, its 17.6 miles connecting the resort and commercial areas of Virginia Beach and Norfolk with the more rural and rustic settings of The Eastern Shore. When it opened, the CBBT was hailed as ‘One of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World.’
To me is a magical gateway to true treasures of grit, beauty, vibe, and pride. The people of the Eastern Shore are resilient, quiet, and hardworking. They are a proud people, quick to show off their treasures (and they are present in abundance), share their history, or simply greet you with a smile and a nod.
On a more personal note, the Eastern Shore is my compass. When logic and sense seems lacking, when Social Media is all but, when the screaming of ‘I’m right, you’re wrong’ worm their way just a bit too deep into the Frontal Lobe my trusty Honda Fit knows the path northward towards the pleasant distractions and diversions. Towards rejuvenation. Towards the vibe.
These images were captured with a Nikon F3P (Press Edition) loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400, two photography tools that are inexorably linked in Photographic Lore. In an effort to honor the process of the photojournalist of years past, I developed this roll in my bathroom using Diafine. Back in a more analog time, many if not most images in the daily newspaper were developed in this fashion by a photojournalist on assignement.
Below is a gallery of images from that trip taken on April 18, 2020.
The image of the man sitting in the window is a favorite, if you look closely you can see that there is woman inside the building too. When I saw them from across the street, I asked if it was ok to get a picture of them, they agreed and we spoke briefly. ‘I’m doing fine, how are you doing? Are y’all ok?’ It was one of the few interactions I’ve had with strangers for way too long.
The Eastern Shore once again performed its magic. People are not so bad, Real Life beats everything else, and we will all be ok – Alone Together.
If you prefer, feel free to wander my Virtual Gallery from this trip, set to music.