As the editors of this site, we both take and publish a lot of photos each year – so it is a challenge for each of us to select just five photos as our favorite ones taken in 2023.
The District has always been a great place to see and participate in great events — many of them for free. This changed at the height of the pandemic, when so many festivals and performances were cancelled. Now that the festival schedule is once again full, I appreciate all of the culture in the District even more. Here are some of my favorite events from 2023:
The Pride Parade
Little Amal Visiting Union Station
The H Street Festival
The High Heel Race
Art All Night
The five photos which I selected all highlight my varied interests in photography and my life in Washington DC. Whenever I can, I get on my scooter and ride around DC looking for a photo or something which strikes my fancy. Luckily Washington is a city in which one can find an egret in an absolutely serene setting and just up the street a loud and dramatic political demonstration. The opportunities for a photographer are endless.
Part of the National Mall’s Beyond Granite exhibit, Wendy Red Star’s “The Soil You See” had the names of Apsáalooke (Crow) nation chiefs who signed treaties with the U.S. government. It stood pointedly on Signers’ Island, the memorial to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
The National Gallery of Art and the sun, filtered through Canadian wildfire smoke.
Revolutionary War day at Mount Vernon. I asked these Continental Army kids why they weren’t in school. They said they were too busy fighting for freedom!
It’s not every day you see a dinosaur at the White House!
These elephants just made me laugh.
I like to photograph almost everything, but the photos that captivate me the most are the opportunities to see newsworthy people making a difference (either positive or negative).
Bernie Sanders in front of the Supreme Court, arguing for the cancellation of student loan debt:
Martin Luther King III, speaking at the MLK Memorial on MLK Day:
Peter Navarro, arriving at court in his trial for contempt of Congress for defying the subpoena of the Jan. 6th committee:
Rudy Giuliani, arriving at court in the trial for damages for his defamation of poll workers:
Kerry James Marshall, at the unveiling of his new windows at the National Cathedral, replacing windows that celebrated Confederate generals.