It may be winter, but luckily it hasn’t been too cold to explore and take photos. Here are my ten favorite Arlington photos from January.
You probably don’t see a 30-foot letter V every day. Located at Vandergriff Park is the Vandergriff V. It used to be on the Vandergriff car dealership. When taken out of context, it looks like something from a horror movie.
I haven’t tried this restaurant yet, but it’s on my list. I like the black and white look of this one, especially with the American flag. It’s probably too dark, but I liked the shadows.
Legal Draft Brewing Co.
I’ve taken a few photos of Legal Draft before, but not at night. The lights give it a pleasant warmth.
Candlelite Inn Restaurant
An Arlington icon since 1957, my wife and I finally tried this restaurant. We’ll definitely be going back.
I like this sign. The neon and colors stand out at night. You don’t see many restaurant signs nowadays like this — directional, informative, neon, and double-sided.
Arlington City Hall
I recently discovered “Brutalist Architecture,” and it’s been dominating my Google searches. I don’t know if this is actually an example of “brutalist,” but it sure seems to fit the profile. Don’t get the wrong idea, either; I love this stuff! (Brutalist comes from the French phrase béton brut, meaning “raw concrete.” The style is known for its use of concrete and monolithic forms — among other characteristics.)
This building is fun to photograph. It’s massive and unworldly as is. The red tint in editing, though, really kicked it up a notch. It made it look apocalyptic or dystopian.
Every time I’m near this library I have to take a photo of it. It’s such a unique building. The glass from the windows and abundant dark lines gave it a modern look, while the lights at dusk gave it a different feel from the daytime. The edits on this one turned out nicely.
Fun fact: Arlington City Hall (#5) and the Downtown Library are neighbors at City Center Plaza.
Fielder House Museum
A historical landmark in Arlington, this former house is now a museum. It’s also home to the Arlington Historical Society. I like the front porch on this house. The rocking chairs give it an inviting look, while the black and white really brings out the bricks and concrete.
Worthington National Bank
Another Arlington landmark, this building served as the city’s post office from 1939-1964. It was restored in 2001 and became a bank. I like the edits on this one. It looks like the whole building is made from solid gold. Ironic, because it’s a bank. Sadly, it’s not a solid-gold building.
Arlington City Limits – street view
I admit, the edits turned out better than the actual photo. Although taken on a mild, sunny day, the trees look like they have snow or ice. I like the shadows in the street.
Arlington City Limits – sign
This turned out perfect! It might be one of my favorite photos right now. I worked hard on the editing, let me tell you. It was definitely an exercise in patience, trial and error, and probably luck. The sign is the same one from the street scene in #9. I was able to totally change the perspective and crop out everything else.
Combined they look something like this!
Post and photos by Jason S. Sullivan, 02-09-21