One Shot: The City Through the Lens

Same-sex Marriage

On Feb. 9, Alabama became the 37th state in which gay couples can marry. Couples lined up at courthouses across the state to obtain marriage licenses, though some counties refused to issue them on an order by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.


On Jan. 14, Birmingham women came out to Iron City’s Chippendales show. It may have been frosty outside, but the show promised to “keep women across America warm this winter,” and it delivered.

One Shot: Charlemagne Records

Ashley Blankenship and Kat Best enjoy an afternoon trip to Charlemagne Records.

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Birmingham welcomed its own St. Paul & the Broken Bones home with open arms: The beloved band played two sold-out shows at the Alabama Theatre on Nov. 13 and 14.

Homewood Patriot Drummers

Homewood Patriot drummer Duncan McDuff drums upside down during the band’s halftime performance.

Sidewalk Film Festival

The 16th annual Sidewalk Film Festival, held Aug. 21–24, brought film makers, filmgoers, and the curious together to celebrate new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham.

Israel Interfaith Rally | Goat Busters

A large interfaith rally for Israel, attended by some 500 people, was held July 29 at the Levite Jewish Community Center. Meanwhile, Goat Busters was commissioned to eliminate invasive species without using herbicides.

One Shot: Natacosm

A collective of more than 10 local Birmingham artists hosted a one-night event, titled Natacosm, to celebrate the summer solstice.

One Shot: Railroad Park

Leslie Cooper captured this moment at Railroad Park on her iPhone. She says, “This little guy was having a blast going back and forth on this walkway, and the sunset was truly magnificent. In any event, Birmingham is a lovely city to be sure!”

One Shot: Tornado Season

Tornado season in Birmingham is no joke, a truth photographer Ginnard Archibald captured with this breathtaking photo one dark and stormy evening.

One Shot: Spring Arrives

After what seemed like an endless winter, spring arrived in all her glory. Birminghamians–people and flowers alike–turned their faces up to the sun. This Highland Park home was just one example of the color that popped up all around the city. Photo by Lindsey Lowe