Consider his photos, including those in a yearlong project on
Today, on the 167th day of 2014, Vollentine will post the 167th photo he's taken of an individual, couple or group flashing a sign or a symbol of peace.
"I'm not the most outgoing person, so photography is the best way I communicate with people," said Vollentine, 42. His
"I run a business (Von Rollen Photography), but I don't do this (PeaceResolution project) for money," Vollentine said. "I've been bummed out by all of the violence in this world, and in our city, so I thought that this is a way to promote the advocates dedicated to end violence."
One of his shots came from the top of the tower at
"I got some chalk and drew the symbol, and they formed a peace sign, which was really cool," Vollentine said.
Why in black and white?
"Colors sometimes get in the way in a photo," he said. "With black and white, certain things stand out much more clearly. Clouds for instance, are much sharper in black and white."
Vollentine, who got his first camera at 17, owns a 1980s tripod camera with which he takes 4-by-5-inch shots. He also obtained digital equipment a few years ago from his longtime fiancee,
"I'm still old-school enough that I develop photos in a darkroom in my basement," Vollentine said.
He's traveled to capture stoppages of time, and in 2013 in
Vollentine proudly displays photos of musicians from
He supports organizations such as Mothers Against Teen Violence, and its founder
"I've taken photos of ordinary people, celebrities, politicians -- even homeless people," Vollentine said. "For one person who obliges, five might walk away. But I don't give up -- my goal is to post one photo per day to get the message across."
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