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Phoggy Morning Photos

by | Feb 28, 2020 | Bottom Right Box, News, Voices of Davidson

A composite black & white and color photo featuring the Homage to Rodin in the foreground with the Yinka Shonibare “colorized” in the background.


News of Davidson team member Jane Campbell has been taking photos on the Davidson College campus for more than three decades. Last Wednesday was no exception. We asked her to tell us why she spent that misty, moisty morning with her camera, around her campus, in her town.

I woke up to a wonderfully foggy morning in Davidson on Wednesday. I convinced myself that it would burn off before I could walk the dog and eat my breakfast, but the fog remained. So I put a camera in the car as I set off to run an errand.

The Patrick Dougherty sculpture shrouded in fog on Wednesday morning, Feb. 26.

For me, an obvious starting point was the new stick sculpture by Patrick Dougherty. Like a number of folks in our community, I had volunteered to help in its creation, and I was already imagining what it would look like in the fog. As I drove into campus, I noticed the Wildcat, and slowed to take a few photos of the giant feline shrouded in mist. Then I saw a couple walking along the sidewalk. . .and I clicked through another few photos.

As I made my way to the Dougherty work, the college photographer saw me and removed an ear bud to say, “Great minds think alike.”

At home in front of my computer, I decided that converting a set of the photos into black and white would be my priority. I converted most of them to conventional black and white images, but others required a little more work. I selected a brightly colored element in one photo, saved it, and then superimposed the color layer on top of the black and white photo. The result is a black and white image with a splash of color.

A blip of weather led me around campus to find things and people that “stood out” because they were obscured. You never know.

Click here to see Jane’s Black and White Foggy Photos

Jane Campbell

Jane Campbell, U.S. Navy, Capt. ret., grew up in a military family and lived around the globe before graduating from Davidson College with a degree in Political Science. During a 25-year career in the Navy, she served aboard three different ships and held a variety of shore-based assignments. She was stationed on the East and West coasts, as well as overseas. She had tours at the Pentagon and the White House, and volunteered for a deployment to Afghanistan. She moved to Davidson in late 2014 and has become involved in a variety of volunteer activities with college, church, and community. She serves as a photographer and Sports Editor for News of Davidson.

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