I laughed out loud when I saw this on the street. Had to take a picture. Everyone is different and that is a really amazing and wonderful thing.
This Monday I woke at 5 am to walk down to the Lincoln Memorial to shoot the sun rise over the district. It's a really beautiful, powerful and peaceful sight. The city is quietly awake already but not overtly. The birds are happily chirping away, cars with headlights shining glide down the streets. Locals run in the Mall and up the Lincoln stairs in the hours around dawn, before the workday starts.
In the time before the sun broke the horizon I took some photos of the Memorial itself. I think that this is my favorite one. Lincoln is normally surrounded by visitors during the day, so it's rather a different experience getting to approach him alone. The sense of reverence is at it's hight at this hour, and I don't think you can help but be moved.
Way back in January I got the opportunity to go into the Dupont Underground. These tunnels below Dupont Circle were once used for a trolly system that was discontinued decades ago. There have been attempts over the years to make use of this underground space but nothing has been successful.
Now a group is trying to change that. They want to use the space for the arts and have a lease from the city to try and make their vision a reality.
When I went down below the city they had yet to start doing any work on the space. Which meant I got to see it in it's raw, long untouched state. It was amazing, and I was way too excited to be shooting to realize how spooky it could have been. I could have spent the whole day down there taking photos. I only had about an hour but I made the most of it. What an awesome experience!
Adventuring in your own city is just the best, and I think unfortunately, rather overlooked. A great place to do that in DC is Meridian Hill Park, a lovely surprise that springs up in the middle of the U St. district. The steps are beautiful and to top it all off there is a drum circle at the top of the park on Sundays. It's a wonderful community and just a really good time.
It's so much fun to take pictures in the city! There's always something new to photograph, the scenery is always changing, and the architecture in and around U St is such a fun mix. People leave weird things around, there are plants and animals and people, the city is really a living thing. So here are some of my favorite photos from a photography walk I did around the U St Corridor in DC.
The DC Metro is really stunning, as is my sister. So of course, I like to take pictures of both. Here we are waiting for the metro on my birthday.
It's not surprising that I completely loved a bar called the Bookstore. I am a bookworm at heart and I love shooting in low light.
Recently I was in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for a wedding and the night before I stopped at this amazing little spot. The atmosphere was cozy but chic and vintage, and a jazz band played in the corner. I sat at the bar and was handed a book that contained the menu. Nice touch. The bartenders were fantastic, fun to talk to, dressed with a great vintage flare, and made some really lovely cocktails. I got one that was on the menu and for another I just gave some key words to what I like and got back a wonderfully tasty little drink.
What an excellent hidden gem to come across. I enjoyed myself very much and I think it shows in the photos.
In honor of Kristine's graduation with her Masters my family went out for a fun and fancy dinner. I find I always like to photograph these types of events. The atmosphere is lovely, lots of glass to take photos of, and a chance to have some fun with candid portraits and details.
I love the way black and white makes you think and look more at light and shape than a color photograph. It has a wonderful quality to it that I am always drawn to. Here is one such photo. A metro escalator.
When my family came to town to celebrate my sister's graduation from her Masters program we decided to take a tour of the Capitol Building. I, unsurprisingly, had a field day. On more than one occasion my mom had to remind me to stay with the group and not hang back (e.i. get lost) while taking pictures.
Of course our sisters night out included wine, and me taking pictures of it and Kristine. I can't help myself, they're so lovely!
Living in DC has given me some amazing moments. One of those includes being able to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality in front of a rainbow colored White House. It was such a heart warming experience.
This year we marked the 70th Anniversary of VE Day on May 8th. Here in DC that was celebrated by a fly-by of period airplanes over the WWII Memorial. It was such a privilege to live close enough to the National Mall to simply walk over with my camera and take part in this.
Having been so late in posting this, I feel it is at least appropriate to post it on Independence Day. Have a wonderful 4th everyone!
kaitlin k walsh
Adventurer armed with a camera.