One of our goals with The Complete Sourcebook is to surprise Richmonders who think they know or who have seen it all.
This year, our big idea from Managing Editor Jack Cooksey and Creative Director Steve Hedberg was just that — to see it all. We wanted to get a glimpse of the Richmond region through the eyes of our friends and neighbors — you, our readers.
Through Facebook and Instagram, we see daily (and, for some, hourly) examples from many who have a great eye for capturing some of life's sweet spontaneity.
This gave Jack and Steve the inspiration to create the RVA Point-and-Shoot Project — a push to gather as many "real" images as we could from everyday Richmonders, as opposed to professional photographers or amateur shutterbugs armed with high-powered equipment.
For starters, we invited Richmonders to enter our photo contest of the same name, and you can see the winner's circle beginning on Page 34. Also look for other photos labeled as contest entries throughout the issue.
To add to the mix, we also did a shakedown of sorts. We solicited images from people we know and even staff members who have the habit of whipping out the camera phone when a magic Richmond moment appears. These images are included throughout the issue, too.
One of our second-place winners Tyler Trumbo summed up his winning photo (and the spirit of the contest) like this: "I was thrilled to share a side of Richmond I knew my friends had never seen, because, shoot, this was a side of Richmond I had never seen." (Turn to on Page 35 to view his entry.)
We thank all of you who submitted your digital magic moments. You've made this year's Sourcebook your Sourcebook in the process.
P.S. We usually put out a new Richmond-centric art print every year, but this year, images from our Point-and-Shoot Project combine to form one poster. Come by our office to purchase an 18-by-24 print for $5 after Feb. 10!