Complicated lives, complicated statues

The current Black Lives Matter protests have caused a nationwide rethinking of what types of statues belong on public display as representatives of our history and culture. If we decide to replace some statues with new ones, then even more complex decisions have to be made on who to honor and how to portray them…. Continue reading

Cedar Hill on July 4th

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?”

Photographing while social distancing, part 4

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