Monday, May 28, 2018 was Memorial Day, when all of us pause to remember and honor the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces to defend our way of life. The nation’s largest single event on the holiday is the National Memorial Day Parade down Constitution Avenue NW in Washington D.C. I volunteered for the parade for the second year in a row. This year I was a photographer. You can check out some of my pictures below:
Pictures from yesterday’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade held in Washington, DC.
Today I had the opportunity to visit ARTECHOUSE newly opened exhibit “Spirit of Autumn”.
The drawing room
This is a room in the back of the exhibit where visitors can color in a leaf or two with markers. Once you are done designing your leaf, it is scanned and readied for projection onto the walls of the main gallery area.
Autumn Dance Room
The gallery floor and wall fill with swirling gushes of fall colors through your gestures and moves. I made this light on the wall by pointing.
The exhibit is open through Nov. 5. TICKETS: $8-20.
Earlier this week, on Wednesday night, July 12, 2017, I was allowed early access to Studio Gang and the National Building Museum’s summer spectacle, Hive. You should definitely put this on your summer bucket list and see what the buzz is all about.
In the summer of recent years, the National Building Museum has brought some sort of spectacle to DC and this year looks to be no exception. An enormous installation by Studio Gang
is “composed of more than 3,000 wound paper tubes, a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and renewable. The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high and will be interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers. Reaching 60 feet tall, the installation’s tallest dome features an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the Museum’s historic nineteenth-century interior and colossal Corinthian columns.
The form of Hive references familiar structures such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Florence Cathedral in Italy, and vernacular Musgum mud huts in Cameroon, and the curvature of a spider’s web. The tall yet intimate forms allow visitors to inhabit the installation at the ground level, and experience it from the Museum’s upper-floor balconies, providing a variety of exciting perspectives.” – nbm website.
Hive runs through September 4, 2017. Visit the National Building Museum
website for information about Hive-related activities for all ages, including Late Nights, Ward Days, unique experiences with local creatives, concerts, and lectures.
Certain art cannot be described; it must be seen and experienced.
This is the concept behind the newly opened art space ARTECHOUSE in Washington, DC. ARTECHOUSE opened June 1st with its first exhibit “XYZT: Abstract Landscapes”. On June 21, 2017 I went with the photowalking community Walk With Locals, and it was an amazing experience.
ARTECHOUSE is located in Southwest DC close to the L’Enfant and Smithsonian metro stations and steps to the National Mall.
When we walked in we were greeted by one of the docents who talked briefly about the exhibit and then we were shown inside. I have heard friends and others describe it as a digital playground and that is the best way I can think of to describe it. The exhibit is an immersive sensory art exhibition created by Adrien M. and Claire B. Composed of 10 interactive and immersive digital installations, the exhibit is a virtual playground of technology and light. Images are projected onto walls, the floors, onto screens, in aquariums, and all of them can be manipulated with the touch of a hand or foot, movement, or sound.
Why is it called XYZT? The letters X, Y, Z and T in the title are meant to represent each of the four dimensions: X (horizontal), Y (vertical), Z (depth), and T (time).
I am already planning my next visit!
XYZT: Abstract Landscapes runs through September 3, 2017.
Tickets are available on the ARTECHOUSE website.
Photographers, charge your batteries, clear your memory cards, and get out your tripods! The cherry blossoms are nearing peak bloom along the tidal basin in Washington, D.C. and I know you’re just itching to get that perfect shot, just like I am.
The National Park Service has announced the peak bloom date and has projected peak bloom, when 70 percent of Yoshino cherry blossoms are open to be March 19-22, 2017.
This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 15 through April 16, 2017. With amazing bursts of pink and white the cherry blossom trees create a dazzling array of color.
Over the next few weeks, more than a million visitors will flock to the nation’s capital to see the city’s famous cherry blossoms and take photos of them. With the tidal basin being so crowded, how does one get that perfect shot without several dozen people in the frame?
Here are some of the lessons I learned from going last year:
- Get to the tidal basin early, at dawn, or late, near sunset, to avoid the crowds and get the best light. This cannot be stressed enough.
- Go on a weekday. Weekdays are your best bet, as the Tidal Basin is swarming with people on the weekends. This also cannot be stressed enough.
- Bring a tripod. Photographing at dawn or sunset makes for beautiful light, but requires slower shutter speeds.To reduce camera shake and allow for longer exposures, be sure to bring a tripod or a monopod.
- Go beyond the basin. If you want to avoid the crowds, there are plenty of cherry blossoms at the National Arboretum and the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. You can even go to the National Cathedral. Additionally, visiting the cherry trees in the Bethesda neighborhood of Kenwood is another alternative to the crowds on the tidal basin.
When I heard this week’s photo challenge of ornate, I immediately thought of how lucky I am to live in a suburb of Washington, DC and all the ornate buildings and architecture the city holds. History was one of my favorite subjects growing up in school, so it is neat to go into the city and see all the old buildings and stuff, so this was a great assignment. I went to Union Station and the Library of Congress on Wednesday and took some pictures. Here is a picture I took at the Library of Congress.