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Instagram by: Luke Witt (@alukewitt)

Where: Marshall Street, across from the VCU Children’s Hospital.

What caught my eye: The mirrored facade is eye-catching as is, and I was caught by the reflections of the houses across the street.

Instagram by: Amanda G. Crouch (@abgcrouch)

Where: 24th and Clay streets in Church Hill.

What caught my eye: The clash of the pink tree petals and the car's bright green hub caps. Also generally, the badassness of our neighbor's ride.

Instagram by: Brandi Watkins (@run_rva)

Where: Pipeline Rapids.

What caught my eye: The way the light was hitting the walkway, with the rapids and bridge in the background, really made a beautiful scene.

Instagram by: D.D. Hawes (@renaissance_dude)

Where: Hull Street.

What caught my eye: The folly of children is always intriguing but the visual irony of these kids' fascination with the miniature versions of the motorcycles and pit bulls so often cherished by their mentors told a compelling story.

Instagram by: Spencer L. Turner (@bprva)

Where: Battery Park.

What caught my eye: That's my wife, artist Eva Rocha, and my youngest daughter, Julia. Eva's from a small, rural town in southern Brazil and that shot reminded me of the dirt roads and the natural beauty of her hometown. Behind her you can see the empty lot created by the flood that hit Battery Park a few years back.

Instagram by: Jason Brooks (@jayfro)

Where: On 25th Street between Broad and Marshall.

What caught my eye: I live in the neighborhood and walk down that street frequently. I just happened to notice the eroded paint one day. The word Chinese is painted above a recessed door slightly below street level. I have no idea of the history of the building.

Instagram by: Spencer L. Turner (bprva)

Where: Factory next to the Ambulance Authority on Hermitage Road.

What caught my eye: The building had these wonderful panes of glass that were picking up an extraordinary sunset like a faint kaleidoscope. The strange machine closed the deal.

Instagram by: Ashley Moulton (@moultonhotlava)

Where: Richmond Railroad Museum, Manchester.

What caught my eye: It's a self-portrait exploring what Richmond must feel like to be encircled by train tracks just like at the base of my parents' Christmas tree, which might I say feels pretty awesome.

Instagram by: Lorna Pinckney (verses_openmic)

Where: Virginia Union University Homecoming 2013.

What caught my eye: VUU hasn't had a band in some time due to the instruments being stolen some time ago. This is the first year in a long time that VUU has had its very own marching band participate in the historic homecoming activities!

Instagram by: Cheryl Wimer (@crwphotographs)

Where: Outside the Virginia Historical Society off Boulevard.

What caught my eye: The lattice pattern of the walkway and curve that draws the eye along its path. It's in a spot where most people don't go around the building.

Instagram by: Catherine Davis (@catherinefdavis)

Where: The flood gates close to the entrance of the Richmond pipeline.

What caught my eye: There was such ease of access through such a thick concrete wall. The subject matter immediately piqued my interest.

Instagram by: Spencer L. Turner (@bprva)

Where: Battery Park in the North Side.

What caught my eye: I love the old homes of North Side the same way I have always loved old people. They know. They have endured. It took on many roles in its 100-plus-year history, one of which was to shelter old people as they faced mortality. It's for sale.

Instagram by: K.C. Johnson (@kc_machine)

Where: Bon Air apartment.

What caught my eye: This photo was taken after a long cleaning session in my Bon Air apartment. I liked the perspective and the shine on the glass.

Instagram by: Spencer L. Turner (@bprva)

Where: Behind an old factory building on Hermitage Road next to the Ambulance Authority.

What caught my eye: There was something tragic and heroic about the way this overturned crate seemed to gaze at the sky.

Instagram by: Lauren Serpa (@SerpaLerpa)

Where: Stella's, 1012 Lafayette St.

What caught my eye: I recently went to Stella's for the first time. I had a delicious meal, and then this Greek coffee came out in these simple, small cups that I loved. It was such a peaceful moment.

Instagram by: Catherine Davis (@catherinefdavis)

Where: The Fifth Street entrance to the Belle Isle footbridge.

What caught my eye: The strong lines from the highway overhead and the foot path beneath.

Instagram by: Luke Witt (@alukewitt)

Where: Food truck court at Richmond CenterStage.

What caught my eye: I was waiting for one of the trucks to be ready and experimented with infrared camera on the HTC1. The brick wall made such a strikingly simple pattern against the courthouse.

Instagram by: Stephanie Foster Cox (@sfoster1129)

Where: In the alley between Hanover and Park avenues in the Fan.

What caught my eye: On a walk in the Fan last summer I detoured from the streets to the alleys. Besides being cooler than sidewalks, Fan alleys are a treasure trove of secret gardens and interesting cobblestone streets. This graffiti portrait of Ray Charles jumped out at me from a garage wall.

Instagram by: Spencer L. Turner (@bprva)

Where: Q Street across from the Robinson Theater.

What caught my eye: I was taking a picture of a small shotgun house when I saw this towering gentleman, Robert Ferguson, sitting relaxed in the back of his car. His massive hands were screaming for a photo. I discovered that he used them as a house builder for 40 years.

Instagram by: Spencer L. Turner (@bprva)

Where: Abandoned storefront on Overbrook.

What caught my eye: This window reminded me of some fallen Golden-Age Hollywood starlet, still wearing her Oscar finery from her glory days and quaffed in a cloud of quaaludes and cheap bourbon. Sexy as all get-out.

Instagram by: D.D. Hawes (@renaissance_dude)

Where: Broad and Chamberlayne.

What caught my eye: I'm always cognizant of the stark contrasts between the VCU student population and the metro area's homeless citizens. The inscription on the cardboard tugged at my heart strings and shutter release.

Instagram by: Luke Witt (@alukewitt)

Where: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Ave.

What caught my eye: From the back of church, the lines and architecture can truly be appreciated, and because it was 8 a.m., no one was there to scold the picture taking.

Instagram by: Johnny Hugel (@Hugel)

Where: On the north side of the Nickel Bridge overlooking the train tracks.

What caught my eye: The sunset that week had been amazing every night and my girlfriend and I both marveled at it as we crossed the bridge. We pulled over by the Pump House to run and snag a photo of the river, but before we made it that far I noted the reflection in the creek.

Instagram by: Luke Witt (@alukewitt)

Where: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Ave.

What caught my eye: When the sun is just right, the stained glass reflections are stunning, especially on the stone.

Instagram by: Spencer L. Turner (@bprva)

Where: The 7-Eleven on Chamberlayne Avenue across from the Fourth Precinct.

What caught my eye: I call it "Winning Lottery Ticket." The lottery is a government sponsored thief stealing from the people in our community with the smallest amount of resources. That said, this man had enormous style.

Instagram by: K.C. Johnson (@kc_machine)

Where: Bowe Street parking deck.

What caught my eye: I was commissioned by the designers of the Bowe Street parking deck to photograph the structure inside and out. The repetitiveness of the concrete made the nice spring day feel dark and cold.

Instagram by: K.C. Johnson (@kc_machine)

Where: Richmond Marriott.

What caught my eye: After a long night partying at Off the Hookah we came back to the hotel lobby at the Marriott downtown. I love tasteful indoor water features.

Instagram by: D.D. Hawes (renaissance_dude)

Where: Bainbridge Street.

What caught my eye: The interplay of the language on the stop sign juxtaposed with the graffiti seemed to comprise an interesting directive that also served as a powerful caption.

Instagram by: Spencer L. Turner (@bprva)

Where: Behind the Subway on the Corner of the Boulevard and Broad.

What caught my eye: James Davis' truck turned into the parking lot and we couldn't help but follow it. You could only imagine the amount of recycling that had been squeezed into the back of that vehicle. The real people keeping our environment from total catastrophe are these hard-working men and women.

Instagram by: Ashley Moulton (@moultonhotlava)

Where: Fine Foods Market, Oregon Hill.

What caught my eye: A rare glimpse of the weekly Thursday night ride — not riding but taking a quick break at our favorite local convenience store.

Instagram by: Spencer L. Turner (@bprva)

Where: Corner of Garland and Brookland Park.

What caught my eye: Driving by Morning Glory Faith Ministries one afternoon on an errand, I was stopped cold by what sounded like B.B. King and Lightning Hopkins were throwing down right there. I discovered God again for a moment and was pleased to see that he knew how shake his rump. Pastor Kinney was no joke.

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Instagram by: D.D. Hawes (@renaissance_dude)

Where: Hull Street.

What caught my eye: The folly of children is always intriguing but the visual irony of these kids' fascination with the miniature versions of the motorcycles and pit bulls so often cherished by their mentors told a compelling story.

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