The Potomac River and C&O Canal: A book of photographs

Raoul Pop
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My wife and I lived in Maryland for several years and one of our favorite places to visit was the Potomac River and its little brother, the C&O Canal. We traveled to various spots along the river, mostly on the Maryland side, hiking through the forest, trudging through the marshland, biking alongside the Canal and taking little rambling visits down to the river here and there to enjoy the beautiful nature and the amazing views. 


That period of time coincided with my growing interest in photography, so in this book, you’ll get to see photographs taken during my various stages of learning this wonderful craft, more specifically during the years 2005-2008. I hope you’ll forgive the less accomplished images which were used for illustrative purposes. 


It is now 2019 and a “few” years have passed since then. These days we live in Southern Transilvania, in Romania. We spend our time outdoors exploring the villages, forests and mountains of Transilvania with our daughter, Sophie. 


I hope you will enjoy this book and it will inspire you to visit the Potomac River for yourself. It’s a beautiful thing to see in person!  

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About the author

Raoul Pop is an author, entrepreneur, consultant, filmmaker and photographer. He is half Romanian, half Hungarian by birth and American by upbringing. He emigrated to the United States with his family in 1991 and grew up in America. Having spent half my life in Romania and half in the US, this makes him somewhat of a mongrel. These days, he shares his time between the two countries, spending most of it in Romania. 

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Raoul Pop
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Published on
Feb 28, 2019
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274
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English
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Photography / Individual Photographers / Artists' Books
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Landscapes
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Regional
Travel / Parks & Campgrounds
Travel / United States / South / South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
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Back in 2005, I started writing what I’d planned to be a non-fiction book about NRAO (the National Radio Astronomy Observatory), based on visits, photos and interviews to this interesting place. My contact was Wesley Sizemore, NRAO’s public face and “Keeper of the Quiet”, a term which will make more sense to you once you read more about NRAO and the NRQZ (the National Radio Quiet Zone). 


I didn’t get to finish the book. Life intervened, I got caught up in other things and my photos, interviews and written pages (there are quite a few of them) sat in my Documents folder, gathering digital dust for about seven years.

Rather than let it all sit there till oblivion, I thought it’d do more good published, unfinished as it is, so in 2012, I went through what I had, re-organized it, re-wrote some sections, re-edited some of the photos, and published it on my website in seven instalments. 


For this book edition in 2019, I went through everything once again, re-organized the text once more and laid it all out in book format. I want to state once more that the story is incomplete and I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it. Some sections aren’t filled in properly. As I wrote them, I had more questions that would get clarification only during subsequent visits, which never materialized. So please forgive whatever rough edges you find, including my barely adequate photos, since I was also at the start of my photographic career at the time.


If I ever get the chance to make subsequent visits and finish writing the whole story, great. If not, here is what I have, for your enjoyment. It is worth reading. More people should know about the work being done by the NRAO: it is a neat place doing interesting research into things that have always obsessed humans: outer space, planets and aliens! 

"This book takes you on a photographic voyage through my life so far." –Keegan Allen
Keegan Allen is currently known to fans of the ABC Family hit television series, Pretty Little Liars. He has also appeared in numerous independent films and made his New York Stage debut in the acclaimed MCC production of Small Engine Repair.
Keegan was given his first camera at age nine, and began a lifelong study and pursuit of photography. life.love.beauty is a selection of photographs taken since his childhood. It's a photo journey through the life of an intensely creative soul whose expression finds various forms: in acting, in poems and stories, lyrics and music, but above all in photography. This book's content resonates in the commonality we all share on our own journeys while unveiling an inside look into a world that very few experience.
Organized into three broad groups—life, love, and beauty—the book ranges over the public and private side of Keegan Allen and his world. A child of Hollywood, whose father was also an actor and his mother a painter, Keegan roams freely through that realm, photographing his fellow actors on set, behind the scenes; and recording the amazed, gleeful, sometimes weeping fans that flock to his television and career related events.
Allen also has an eye for the anonymous and the unexpected: the woman gazing dreamily from the balcony of a run-down hotel; the rifle-toting dog walker who seems to have emerged from the 19th century; the performers and denizens of Venice Beach and also the streets of New York, some of them chasing the dream of fame, others having long-since abandoned it; the little boy amid in the crowd in an enormous airport; portraits of lovers kissing on subways, in parks, and on the streets. Traveling from California to New York to Paris and back, as well as through the American west, he finds beauty in both urban and rural places: from large-scale landscapes to glimpses of light transforming what it touches.
Keegan's poems, stories, captions and musings, song lyrics, and journal pages complement the photographs on this journey. He provides an account of growing up just off the Sunset Strip, coming into his own as an actor/artist, dealing with public recognition while maintaining a very private life, falling in and out of love, and acknowledging the influence of his family, friends, fans, and loved ones.
life.love.beauty is an unusually intimate and revealing book: a delight for anyone who values photography, and a gift for the many fans who already follow Keegan's career.
Keegan's real passion comes through in both his photographs and candid story telling in this unique photo-journal.
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