Billy Weeks

southern based photographer
Photos: The Year 2020

Photos: The Year 2020

I read something the other day referring to how bad the year 2020 had been.  The post said, “If 2020 was bad wait until 2021 and the decade turns a legal age”.  Okay, I know the writer was trying to be funny, but 2020 was a tough year.  I have a lot to be thankful for like a great family, a challenging job with outstanding students, and I can still make storytelling photographs.  This year’s collection of images is different. One of my photography hero’s is Susan Sontag, a photography writer, and critic, who once wrote,” To collect photographs is to collect the world.” I believe that images have power, and they may be the strongest of all communication elements. As a wise mentor once told me, “just be quiet and let your photographs speak for you.” I am being quiet and hoping 2021 is too.

Grace Crider an employee at The Southern Charm clothing store is in Ringgold, GA makes a curbside delivery Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 2:55 PM (Photo by Billy Weeks)
A UT Chattanooga staff member sanitizes the chairs between ceremonies at UTCÕs fall graduation. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Two Ringgold High School students, play the clarinet as the band prepares to march in the Christmas parade. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Heritage High School Cheerleaders walk through the smoke after the team enter the field. (Photo By Billy Weeks)
Heritage High School player JC Armour warms up as a storm approaches before a game with Ringgold High. Heritage won the game 28-21. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Leonardo da Vinci may have started the sport of hang gliding. Not as a pilot but as a designer. He sketched what many believed to be the first glider plans. Today the sport of hang gliding and paragliding allows pilots of many ages to suit up and soar in silence. Some have flown for hundreds of miles in one launch. Lookout Mountain, Georgia is one of the best gliding spots in the country as shown by this pilot flying into late afternoon clouds. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Ringgold High School student, McCall Maynor plays the clarinet as the band prepares to march in the parade. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
The Dobbins Air Force Reserve’s 94th Airlift Wing’s C-130H3 Hercules flew over Hamilton Medical Hospital in Dalton, GA at around 6:20 p.m. to salute healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers for their efforts during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Doug Licklider plays Santa and is the lead rider in the 33rd Catoosa Country Toy Run. He is walking in a Laundromat in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
In 1823 rugby was first played in England after a young soccer player picked up the ball and ran rather than kicking the ball. Rugby is a tough sport and often played in the mud and rain. This set of images was taken on February 22nd as Nooga Rugby Black played Clarksville, TN on a mud-covered field at Rossville elementary school. Clarksville won but all got to play in the mud. Michael Moore’s face which is covered with mud listens to his coaches during halftime of the match. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Delano, TN is home to an Old Order Mennonite community, which operates a popular produce market. The Polk Co. community sells homegrown produce, wooden crafts, and once a month they hold an animal auction. So if you are going to visit beware the speed limit is 35mph and yield to the men and women who ride in the buggies. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
A visitor in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park gets a photo of an elk in the Cataloochee Valley. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Cataloochee Palmer Chapel in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Photo By Billy Weeks)
A hang glider pilot hits power lines and falls to the ground. He had two broken wrists and no life treating injures. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
A single beam of light hits a flag in Rossville, Ga. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Comet NEOWISE visibility from Earth is influenced both by its proximity to Earth and its proximity to the sun, as the sun’s immense energy heats the comet and makes it brighter. People gather on Lookout Mt to watch. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
A runner puts in miles on a foggy morning on Brotherton Road in Chickamauga National Battlefield. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Tiffany Thomas a medical student at Southern Adventist University studies for an exam while waiting to early vote at the Brainerd Civic Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Early voting in Tennessee ends on October, 29th. Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Chaplains Gordon Price and Palmer Pisle of The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team pray with the Smith family in their damaged home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. According to Hamilton County officials, an EF-3 tornado had a path of nine miles long and was 1,500 yards wide with most of the damage in the East Brainerd area. Sunday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
The bear in Cades Cove was sleeping in a tree in the Great Smoky Mts. National Park. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
In 1823 rugby was first played in England after a young soccer player picked up the ball and ran rather than kicking the ball. Rugby is a tough sport and often played in the mud and rain. This set of images was taken on February 22nd as Nooga Rugby Black played Clarksville, TN on a mud-covered field at Rossville elementary school. Clarksville won but all got to play in the mud. Michael Nolan listens to his coaches during halftime of the match. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
In 1823 rugby was first played in England after a young soccer player picked up the ball and ran rather than kicking the ball. Rugby is a tough sport and often played in the mud and rain. This set of images was taken on February 22nd as Nooga Rugby Black played Clarksville, TN on a mud-covered field at Rossville elementary school. Clarksville won but all got to play in the mud. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
People over the age of 60 shops in Costco in Ringgold, GA. A Costco safety sign sits over a mostly empty meet display. Seniors are allowed in the warehouse from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday because of the pandemic. Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 8:10 AM (Photo by Billy Weeks)
UTC’s fall graduation. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Taylor and Brady Bishop running past one of the 1785 crosses and flags placed in Ringgold Ga for Veterans Week. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Heritage High School Homecoming Queen Edy Atwell plays in the halftime show after being crowned before the game. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Steve Massengale, walks with Angie Swafford to meet Bo Swafford at his boat. The group went fishing on the Tennessee River at sunrise. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
A buck runs in the fog in Chickamauga National Battlefield .(Photo by Billy Weeks)
Leonardo da Vinci may have started the sport of hang gliding. Not as a pilot but as a designer. He sketched what many believed to be the first glider plans. Today the sport of hang gliding and paragliding allows pilots of many ages to suit up and soar in silence. Some have flown for hundreds of miles in one launch. Lookout Mountain, Georgia is one of the best paragliding spots in the country. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Fog filters through trees in the Great Smoky Mts. National Park. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Heritage High School football team warm up before a game. (Photo By Billy Weeks)
The fog Cades Cove was cover for a large buck in the Great Smoky Mts. National Park. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
A lone truck tops the hill on a foggy morning on Dyer Road in Chickamauga National Battlefield. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
The Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels with their America Strong Tour flew over Atlanta to honor our first responders and medical teams on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Saturday, May 2, 2020, 1:49 PM (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Heritage High School QB Nick Hanson dives for yardage in a football game. (Photo By Billy Weeks)
Heritage High School QB Nick Hanson warms up as a storm approaches before a game with Ringgold High. Heritage won the game 28-21. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
The sandhill cranes migrating or wintering in Tennessee make up a large proportion of the Eastern Population. The Eastern Population of sandhill cranes migrates through and winters in portions of Tennessee and is considered the worldÕs second-largest sandhill crane population. Tennessee has wintered an average of over 29,000 cranes. Two of the birds fly by in this photo. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
The Home Plate restaurant in Ringgold, GA only allows one person at a time to enter the doorway. Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 3:10 PM (Photo by Billy Weeks)
Comet NEOWISE visibility from Earth is influenced both by its proximity to Earth and its proximity to the sun, as the sun’s immense energy heats the comet and makes it brighter.The comet is pictures with a silo in Ringgold, GA.. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
The fog in Chickamauga National Battlefield was the background for a flock of blackbirds to fly by a deer. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
The fog in Chickamauga National Battlefield was the background for a flock of blackbirds. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
The 33rd Catoosa Country Toy Run took place today in Fort Oglethorpe and ended in Ringgold, GA. Hundreds of motorcycle riders donated toys for kids. Last year they raised enough toys for 1100 children. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
The Ringgold Band marches in the Christmas parade Friday, December, 12,2020. (Photo by Billy Weeks)
A small coffee shop is closed in downtown Ringgold, GA because of the pandemic. Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 2:52 PM (Photo by Billy Weeks)