Redefining Danville and Why I Continue to Blog…

On May 10th, 2010 I received this email…

Hello Paige,

I work for the Town of Danville, overseeing both Transportation and Economic Development.  On the Economic Development side of the house, I’ve been looking for ways of capturing the depth of the people, and of the sweat and tears that went into the making of our lovely little Town of Danville – through photography – as a marketing outreach effort.

I’ve been meaning, for the last 4 months, to e-mail you about your very touching post back in January:

Therefore, I am wondering if you’re interested in this assignment, as I think of it as a documentary of a community … especially with our current quintessential small town Mayor at the helm.

Let me know –

And my response… “Yes, please.”

Since our initial email conversation, I have been to Danville three times to document the Veteran’s Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony, the Dog Friendly campaign, which included Yappy Hour at the dog park, the 4th of July Parade, and today the first of two Annual Car Shows.

And after my first few visits, I can wholeheartedly agree that Danville really is a lovely little town with a fantastic mayor at the helm.

I really respect the Town of Danville’s efforts to promote, especially during an economic recession, their small businesses and to celebrate their town’s unique charm. It would be so wonderful if this became a trend that spread to other towns.

In other words, if any other towns are reading this… have a camera and will travel.

(Visit my Paige Green Photography facebook page to see large photos without having to click each photo.)

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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  1. I love stories like that. Good on ya Paige. Looks like a great job to get, and love your photos. Thomas x


  2. Beautiful. The photography, your January post, and Danville’s charm. Really lovely.


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