Telling West Virginia’s Story, One Shot at a Time
The Buckhannon Upshur Camera Club celebrates statehood with luscious photos across WV.
West Virginia is known for its wild beauty, but so often, we only marvel at our own neck of the woods rather than exploring the untamed allure of the whole state.
In an effort to remedy this, The Buckhannon Upshur County Camera Club’s (BUCCC) A West Virginia Sesquicentennial Celebration takes a sprawling look at West Virginia landmarks by celebrating its birthday with expertly done photographs. Unlike the linguistically tumultuous “Sesquicentennial,” the BUCCC takes a simple approach to celebrating the state’s 150th anniversary by documenting its people, history, and scenery page by page.
After a brief word about the historical roots of the state, A West Virginia Sesquicentennial Celebration fittingly begins by documenting the politically significant spaces across the state. First we see Independence Hall in Wheeling—the state’s first capital—where 19th century politicians decided to secede from the union and form the state of Kanawha (later, of course, renamed in legislation). Next we are whisked to the state capitol building in Charleston, reflected in still nighttime waters.
Gears quickly shift into the state’s wildlife and other historical landmarks. Particularly beautiful shots include the snow-studded Berwind Lake in McDowell County and a breathtaking waterfall shot in Webster County’s Holly River State Park. From there we journey in search of West Virginia wildlife. Shots of mind-numbingly cute black bears, coyotes, mountain lions, and baby deer grace the book’s later pages.
Peppered throughout, the book also provides sections devoted to the state’s athletic culture and higher education (yes, both Mountaineers and The Herd are given fair treatment) with portraits of festival-goers in between.
Don’t miss this celebration of our state’s history. Find out more at bucameraclub.com.
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