Fireworks and concerts on the mall and neighborhood fireworks displays are annual traditions in Washington, DC but there is another tradition that acknowledges that independence was not accorded to all citizens on the July 4, 1776. Each year before the current pandemic one at the Frederick Douglass’ Cedar Hill home in Anacostia, there is a program that includes the reading of Douglass’ speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
Today the House of Representatives is voting on making D.C. the 51st state. While this bill is likely to pass the House, it’s unlikely to succeed in the Senate. But it is an historic event, the first vote on statehood in the past 25 years, and brings the possibility of D.C. statehood closer. Statehood is… Continue reading
June is Pride Month, which normally means a massive parade through the Dupont Circle area, a street festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, and many other events that are celebratory or mark important events in the progress of LGBTQ rights. This year is different both because of the pandemic, and because of the importance of the Black… Continue reading
We are very grateful to all the essential workers who have kept D.C. functional and safe during these difficult times. They’ve put themselves at potential risk to benefit all of us in all kinds of ways.
Isolation presents a challenge for photographers. We are distant from many of the people who inspire us, or who are often the subjects of our photos. Faces are masked. The streets seem sparse, unfamiliar, or even otherworldly. But this isolation also presents opportunities to view our neighborhoods in new ways, experiment with different styles or… Continue reading
It has been nine weeks since SARS-CoV-2 created sweeping changes to daily life throughout D.C., with a stay-home order that limited activity outside the home and recommendations to physically distance from people outside your quarantine pod. During that nine-week eternity, masks have been recommended, advised, required to enter a business establishment, or not required at… Continue reading
In these difficult times, respite can be found in the natural world, which continues on without knowledge of the pandemic. We have been taking special pleasure in watching the ducklings in local ponds, who are so incredibly cute as they grow and learn.
Binge watch another TV series? Learn a new skill? Clean out closets? Scream into the void? Join another zoom call or happy hour? We have all found ways to occupy time when we would normally have been out and about at museums, sports arenas or concerts, the gym, at restaurants with friends, shopping, and just… Continue reading
It has been nearly a month since the governments of DC, Maryland, and Virginia issued stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus, and area photographers are doing their best to capture moments within the constraints of the “new normal.” Some take a photojournalistic approach: showing the masked faces, deserted streets, and empty shelves that were once… Continue reading
We asked local photographers to share their depictions of the DMV in our time of social distancing. Their tactics for taking photos under the current constraints were clever: some took pictures from their cars or balconies, while others captured moments from a safe distance with long lenses. But even better than their social distance strategies… Continue reading