DAY 12: “Flags at Half Mast,” 2012
I don’t remember why, but the day we went to see the display of the AIDS Quilt on the National Mall, flags everywhere were flying at half mast.
DAY 11: “Another Shot Taken on the Day I Missed the Space Shuttle,” 2012
I took this photo of the Tidal Basin with my Moto Razor.
DAY 10: “Another Shot Taken on the Day I Missed the Space Shuttle,” 2012
These men managed to find their way up to the top of the National Gallery’s West Wing to get a good view of Discovery flying over DC. They saw the shuttle. I saw them.
DAY 9: “World Health Organization-HDR,” 2012
DAY 8: “New Favorite Dandellion Photo,” 2010
I shot this image inside the house using my 100mm macro lens. I used bracketing to get the full range of light and dark.
DAY 6: “Chains in Georgetown,” 2011
This chain was used to lock up a bicycle in Georgetown.
DAY 7 “Day in Georgetown,” 2011
DAY 6: “Butterfly at National Aquatic Gardens,” 2010
I’d always wanted to take pictures of butterflies, and there were tons of them at the Aquatic gardens. I absolutely love my 100mm macro lens. It’s definitely my favorite, and I’m sure I’ve taken more photos with it than any other lens. However, I don’t use my other lenses way more often.
DAY 5: “Lotus at National Aquatic Gardens,” 2010
I just noticed that the clouds and trees reflected in the water sort of form a ying-ylang symbol. I took this photo with my Canon PowerShot S80, which is 6 or 7 years old. It still stakes great photos.
DAY 4: “Nighttime View of National Airport from Gravelly Point,” 2009
DAY 2: “Homeless Vet Reading Bible, Virginia War Memorial, Richmond, VA” 2007
This is one of the most difficult photos I’ve ever taken. I’ve struggled with where to crop it for FIVE years. In the first crop, you can see more of Memorial, which provides context. I did a second, because it’s easier to see the bags containing his belongings in front of him on the ground. I thought about cropping the second photo even closer so that the Bible was visible, but I lost the context. I shot it through the glass walls containing the names and county of origin for Virginia’s fallen service members.
Sharing this photo makes me feel like a parent and one of my children is going off to college or moving away. Once I hit publish, it will be out there in the world for everyone to see.
The irony is that I’d spent most of the day shooting the Spring Collection of a Virginia-based designer. After all that rucus, I wanted to go someplace quiet. I saw the Memorial off the highway and decided to make a stop. I took tons of pretty photos of pretty young women in pretty clothing, but, in my opinion, this is the most beautiful photo I shot the entire day.
DAY 1: “American Dichotomy,” 2013
I shot this photo in 2008 while at a stop light. It was a crisp Fall day. In fact, it had been cold often enough that I had already put the hard top on my Jeep. The big, ornate building in the background is a church, and the homeless man is sitting at a bus stop, as they often do, to escape inclement weather in DC.
I’ve stared at this photo for years, but I’ve only shared it with one other person. It’s always felt so personal. The homeless man trying to take refuge from the cold at a bus station is real. The rest of the image is a reflection—my nice, shiny, warm Jeep; the stately church with its manicured lawn; and, perhaps, the most provocative part of the image - to me - is the big, red “DO NOT ENTER” sign (above the hood of my Jeep.) The photo says so much to me.
DAY 156: “I Missed the Space Shuttle, but I Got These Shots - Tidal Basin 8,” 2012
After I realized that I’d missed the Discovery photo op, I headed to the Tidal Basin