Dark Side

Night Photography in Virginia

#LVAdarkside

 Inspired by our Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia exhibit, we’d like to challenge the public to a

night time photographic scavenger hunt.

“What is that?” you may ask. Well, each week a new clue or challenge will be posted on the Library of Virginia Facebook page. You will be asked to take a night time photo with a certain element seen in the exhibit, such as street scene. Then you can post the image on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag

#LVAdarkside

We’ll automatically collect all the images with this hashtag. In order to win, you must complete all four challenges by responding to the prompt. A small panel of judges with some expertise in photography will select our winners based on artistic merit and creativity. We reserve the right to reject lewd entries, so please keep it kosher for all ages.

  • First Challenge: Street Scene (issued 9/4)
  • Second Challenge: Window Display or Storefront (issued 9/13)
  • Third Challenge: Moonlight or Water, or both! (issued 9/20)
  • Fourth Challenge: Nocturnal Wildlife or City Lights (issued 9/27)

Other than the sheer joy of participation, we offer copies of historic prints from the Dark Side exhibit as prizes. The winners must pick up their prizes, either in person or by proxy, from the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Maybe you need to decorate that college dorm room with something mysterious yet deep? Maybe your “grown-up” apartment needs a little polish? A high-quality Dark Side print is just the thing! Complete the #LVAdarkside photo scavenger hunt to win.

Harry C. Mann (1866–1926) Night View, Facing East on the 200 block of East Main Street, Norfolk, Virginia, ca. 1914

Harry C. Mann (1866–1926)
Night View, Facing East on the 200 block of East Main Street, Norfolk, Virginia, ca. 1914

What does your street look like at night? Watch the LVA Facebook page for weekly prompts and updates.