So it’s been 10 years for MyVeronaNJ.com, and that’s a long time. I remember how I became involved with MyVeronaNJ.com. A mutual friend said to me one day “you should talk to Virginia.”
Back then, I was a couple of years into photography and still trying to figure out what I was doing. I can’t remember what the first photo was I submitted, but it was probably sports-related.
Early on, I was working with my friend Bob Thomas. We were capturing images of the football team and putting together the end of the season slideshow. I would send images to Virginia to accompany the articles she was writing. Then there was lacrosse in the spring and, being a lacrosse guy, I had to send those in. After that for several years, I provided all the senior athlete photos for the Verona Sports Boosters. I was shooting over 70 varsity events and over 30,000 images each year, many of which ended up on the site. A by-product of the work for the Verona Boosters was working with them to create the Verona Sports Boosters’ Senior Athlete of the Week.
Of the images I have submitted to MyVeronaNJ.com, my favorite ones are of the cement trucks decorated each year with holiday lights by Salomone Redi-Mix. I was by the mall and saw the truck go by with the lights and music and figured I need to get a picture of that.
The biggest photo project was “Where in Verona Is It?” When I came up with the idea, I figured it would go for maybe a month, but no more than three. I mean, who would want to keep guessing, or I figured I would run out of ideas. Well, it was crazy. I was shocked when it hit week 35 and we were still going strong. But at some point, Virginia and I agreed it was time for the contest to come to an end. Well, at least for a while.
It’s been a while, so after a nine-year hiatus, and seeing it is the 10-year anniversary of the site and the holidays and all, I’ve decided to put together a limited five-week run of the “Where in Verona Is It?” contest.
Starting Monday, December 23, we will post one, maybe two images a day of a location in Verona. A location that you should know, or at least might be able to figure it out. The prize is a MyVeronaNJ.com T-shirt and a week of bragging rights. More on all that tomorrow.
This is just to tempting for words…My long ago obsession returns!
Look forward to participating! Bring on the photos (and an occasional clue).