Giving Thanks

What are you thankful for this year? When we asked photographers from the DMV to answer this question we received a variety of responses — everything from autumn vistas to DC’s cultural scene to marching band members in feathered hats. One thing is certain. All of us at The Uncommon District are grateful for our local photography community.

Cheryle Alexander


On a beautiful autumn evening I am reminded of the peace, beauty, and serenity that is shared in a moment of flight. On this Thanksgiving I am grateful, and wish this for so many in such times as this.

© Cheryle Alexander
© Cheryle Alexander

Tim Brown

(IG: timbrownpix; Flickr)
I am thankful for Union Station. Trains have connected me with family more than a few times this year, and I can’t resist making photos each time I go through the station. The building of course is magnificent but it’s the passengers that bring the place to life. Perhaps they are connecting with family, too.

Carry on. ©Tim Brown
Coming and going. ©Tim Brown

Laurie Collins

(IG: dccitygirl)
I am thankful and quite grateful for being able to live in a city that celebrates all four seasons! Autumn is a big favorite for me because the temperatures are cooler, the mosquitoes have gone in hibernation, and the trees are dressed up in all in their reds, yellows and browns.

©Laurie Collins
©Laurie Collins

Rodney Cunningham

(IG: @rodneydcunningham)

These picture are meaningful to me because, in this post-pandemic world, I’m thankful for the opportunity to be out and about and to have places where I can pause and press “reset”.

©Rodney D. Cunningham
©Rodney D. Cunningham

Joe Flood

(IG: joeflood; Website)
I am thankful for the beautiful fall colors! Not so thankful that the Uptown is in such bad shape, lol.

©Joe Flood
©Joe Flood

Shannon Heaton

(IG: nekosandpiper)
This Fall I have been thankful for the cathartic and creative outlet of photography and in exploring fears, phobias, and alter egos through self-portraiture as a way to process grief and pain.

Doll Parts: Automatonophobia…..a Barbie waste zone. ©Shannon Heaton
The Last Supper: Coulrophobia. ©Shannon Heaton

Roland Johnson

(IG: millibenthic)
I was happy I noticed a shot very much like this the day before, as I was going into the USDA South Building for work. I didn’t have the Nikon on me, and the iPhone wasn’t going to cut it. So I brought the Nikon the next day, and managed this capture.

©Roland Johnson

I’m grateful to the people who brought lights to the Cosplay PortraitMeet, and the models for posing so gracefully. This is going to sound silly, but this kind of photo has been in my bucket list, and in the back of my head since … the early ’80s, maybe?  I saw a lot of well-lit subjects with a sunset in the background and always wanted to take one, and the opportunity arose.

©Roland Johnson

Gloria Jones

I am thankful for sunsets.

©Gloria Jones
©Gloria Jones

Miki Jourdan

(IG: mikijourdan; Flickr)
One thing I’m grateful for about living in the District is the abundance of free (and very photogenic!) cultural events on offer. Examples from this Fall include the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the National Portrait Gallery and Side Yards at Yards Park.

El Dia de los Muertos. ©Miki Jourdan
Aerialist at Side Yards. ©Miki Jourdan

Kim Keller

(IG:; website)
I’m grateful that kids still play musical instruments and that marching band uniforms still have feathered hats. I’m also glad that Thanksgiving brings people together when we clearly need it so much.

©Kim Keller
©Kim Keller

Rob Klug

(IG: osoikame)
I am forever grateful that I live in an area that has so much incredible wildlife for me to photograph.

©Rob Klug
©Rob Klug

Diane Krauthamer

(IG: diane.krauthamer; Flickr)
I’m thankful for the natural beauty you can find anywhere if you look close enough.

©Diane Krauthamer

Angela N.

(IG: angelaon; Flickr)
The National Zoo isn’t the same without pandas, but I’m thankful that baby Zahra is keeping DC’s cuteness index high.

©Angela N.

Van Ngo

Thanksgiving is around the corner and we get to reflect on what we’re grateful for. It could be a routine that makes waking up worthwhile, that new shiny camera or lens, or perhaps even a newfound relationship. The photo I selected for this roundup sums up my what keeps me going and that is always being in good company.

©Van Ngo

Victoria Pickering

(IG: @vpickering, Flickr)

I’m thankful to live in a city where so many great events are free.

Jennifer Holliday singing her iconic song from Dreamgirls at the opening of the F St. Holiday Market (she won both a Tony and a Grammy for it):

©Victoria Pickering

Kerry James Marshall at the unveiling of his windows at the National Cathedral (replacing windows of Confederate generals):

©Victoria Pickering

Rimma Tsyhichko

From our farthest-away reader (Rimma is from Ukraine):

I think despite having hard times here we can always find something to be thankful. I am thankful to our beautiful autumn to give me a chance to take autumn photos. The first photo shows our beautiful river bank. It’s my favourite place to walk.

© Rimma Tsyhichko

There is a very photogenic place nearby. In October – November I enjoy coming here.

© Rimma Tsyhichko

Jeff Vincent

(IG: jeff.vers2.0, Flickr)
I am grateful for living in a democracy, with all the personal freedoms and responsibilities it confers. It is my fervent hope that our democracy will endure.

©Jeff Vincent

Joe Willmore

(IG: willmorephoto)
I’m thankful for… the colors of Fall!

©Joe Willmore

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