Personal Photography Project Highlights Rosslyn's Best Features
It began April 29 with a tweet that proclaimed:
“Dancing In @RosslynVA.”
The accompanying image? Rosslyn’s iconic Anna and David sculpture by Miriam Schapiro, located at 1525 Wilson Blvd.
A few days later, a tweet with a photo went out from Belvedere Park, called a “tiny oasis on Oak Street.”
Soon, it became clear that the person tweeting,Terry Belt (@TheBeltWalk), was doing more than just snapping random pictures. Her tweet of the Anna and David photo marked her first stop on a journey to photograph Rosslyn’s 33 points of interest. She discovered these on a map near the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, which happens to be number 24 on the list.
Although Belt lives along Columbia Pike and doesn’t work here either, she loves Rosslyn.
“I visit Rosslyn nearly every day because I walk on the Mount Vernon Trail,” Belt tells the Rosslyn BID.
“I really like the Anna and David sculpture,” she adds. “I've seen it driving by but I never really looked at it. When I photographed it on a crisp blue-sky spring morning, I just loved the colors and the reflections on the nearby office buildings.”
And so, the tweets and photos keep flowing. From Central Place (#3) to the Chicago Titan sculpture (#5) to the Continuum and Reposto mural (#6), she continues her trek, sometimes providing her impressions of the places she visits, other times asking others to guess where she is. Her most recent photo, tweeted from the Mount Vernon Trail (#9), documents what she considers her favorite place in Rosslyn and the D.C. area.
Although she tries to walk every day, Belt must squeeze in her Rosslyn photography project when she has time. Work can be busy, and she prefers to photograph on sunny days. When she finishes, though, she’ll produce a photo gallery and a video. Then, she plans to tell the stories of the people she met along the way – from shop owners to neighborhood residents. She likes to spend time at Rosslyn favorites Caffé Aficionado and the Amuse bar at Le Méridien.
I have grown to love Rosslyn,” she says. “I’m from Chicago. For me, Rosslyn is the closest we come to a big city, and I love the city feel.”
You can follow Terry’s Rosslyn walk-in-progress on Twitter at @TheBeltWalk.
Photo Captions: (TOP) Terry Belt walks with her camera in Gateway Park. The Arlington woman is systematically photographing Rosslyn's 33 points of interest.
(RIGHT) Rosslyn's Anna and David sculpture, one of Belt's favorites.