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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

House Wrap, Black and White, 14th Street
House Wrap, Black and White, 14th Street
Steps, Black and White House
Steps, Black and White House

Two shots of a former house turned liquor store turned redevelopment project on 14th Street.

13th Street Brickwork
13th Street Brickwork

A perspective study of the brickwork trim on the front garden retaining wall of some houses on 13th Street.

Ben's Chili Bowl, Evening
Ben’s Chili Bowl, Evening

The front of the world-famous Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street in Northwest DC. You can see the new mural in the alley that depicts Bill Cosby (and Dr. Martin Luther King, not visible in this photo) – one of the two people who can eat at Ben’s for free (the other ‘person’ being the Obama family).

Door, Ben's Chili Bowl
Door, Ben’s Chili Bowl

I just liked the way the door caught the reflections in the glass as it was closing.

Food Case, Starbucks, 13th Street
Food Case, Starbucks, 13th Street

Just another one of those quotidian things we see every day and don’t pay much attention to.

Izakaya Seki, V Street
Izakaya Seki, V Street

The entrance to a new Japanese restaurant that is very much in keeping with the spirit of a real Izakaya in Japan – spartan in appearance and compact in size, but still welcoming. Rumor has it that the food is excellent – I will have to give it a try some day soon, although their menu is a bit seafood-intensive for me as I’m allergic to shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster and scallops).

Graffiti-inscribed Manhole Cover
Graffiti-inscribed Manhole Cover

To close out the show, here’s a manhole cover that has been thoroughly inscribed with graffiti. I liked the contrast formed by the regular geometry of the manhole cover and the grid of the concrete with the organic shapes of the leaves, setting up a man-vs-nature conflict, only to be complicated by the man-made disorder of the graffiti.

More adventures in Rolleiflex-land for those who care about such things. All of these were shot on Fuji NPH 400.

Nighttime in the fog

A few nighttime photos in the fog. I think these really captured the atmosphere of the evening. It had been warm in the daytime, then rained, and when the rain stopped, it was already dark, so we ended up with this cool fog. I wanted to capture that feel of the streets at night in the fog, and since I live somewhere very residential, I figured this was a pretty safe place to do it as there wouldn’t be much traffic to worry about if I stepped into the street for a four second exposure. All these were taken with my Rolleiflex, on expired Fuji NPH 400 film. The reason why I’m shooting all this expired film is not that I’ve got some kind of outdated film fetish, or that I’m a cheap-ass bastard and refuse to buy fresh film, but rather I’m just having fun experimenting and I don’t want to use “good” film on experimental stuff if I have some old film that nowadays is for all intents and purposes free but for the processing cost.

But what about the square, you say? Aren’t all Rollei photos square? Well, I do love square photos, and that’s one of the reasons why I love the Rollei so much. But there does come a time when you have to look at the photo and decide if a crop makes the image stronger. In all of these cases, the original square composition had too much something – too much sky, too much foreground, etc. So I cropped for more dynamic compositions that didn’t have so much dead space in them. I think these are much better.

Red Light, Green Light, Fog, 11th & Euclid
Red Light, Green Light, Fog, 11th & Euclid
Daring Cyclist, Fog, 11th & Euclid
Daring Cyclist, Fog, 11th & Euclid
Fog, 11th & Euclid, #1
Fog, 11th & Euclid, #1
Fog, 11th & Euclid, #2
Fog, 11th & Euclid, #2

Glen Echo Recap – in color

Just thought I’d do a re-visit of all my Glen Echo color work, to put them in one place. When I get a bit more organized, I’ll put my platinum/palladium Glen Echo photos together and do another mini-gallery. This has all been shot with a mixed bag of films and cameras. Mostly my Rolleiflex 2.8E, with one nod to my Canham 5×7 (the Glen Echo sign at night – it’s special enough it gets its own row). The films have been Kodak Portra 160NC, Kodak Ektar 100, Fuji NPS 160, and Fuji NPH 400. With the exception of the Ektar 100, most of the film used has been anywhere from a couple years out of date to almost a dozen years expired. Which says a lot about the quality of modern color film emulsions.

Part of the purpose of this exercise was in response to a discussion recently on an online photography forum I read where someone was complaining about how hard it was to take good photos in places you are familiar with. While I love travel photography (I’m getting ready to indulge in some serious travel photography early next year, probably one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips – I’ll keep you updated as the time approaches), I think it’s absolute baloney that you can’t take interesting photos of places you know and see every day. If anything, the opposite is true. But each type of photography requires a different mindset. Photographing on the road requires you to be able to filter out the extraneous detail because it’s ALL wondrous and new. Photographing at home requires you to turn off the detail filter so you start finding the interesting stuff you ignore because it’s what you see every day.

Photographing my own neighborhood is about recording and observing change – it’s like doing a series of portraits of the same person – this week in a suit, next week in a sundress, then later in an anorak, this year a little taller, next year a beard, the year after with a tan and a buzz cut. The Glen Echo photos are another form of portraiture, portraiture of a place. Places can have spirits and identities, and their face changes over time, just like a person’s.

Glen Echo Sign, Morning
Glen Echo Sign, Morning
Glen Echo Park Sign, Evening
Glen Echo Park Sign, Evening
Glen Echo Sign
Glen Echo Sign
Glen Echo Carousel in Motion, #1
Glen Echo Carousel in Motion, #1
Glen Echo Carousel in Motion, #2
Glen Echo Carousel in Motion, #2
Glen Echo Carousel in Motion, #3
Glen Echo Carousel in Motion, #3
Glen Echo Carousel in Motion, #4
Glen Echo Carousel in Motion, #4
Glen Echo Carousel, Midway, Twilight
Glen Echo Carousel, Midway, Twilight
Dentzel Carousel, Glen Echo, Sunset
Dentzel Carousel, Glen Echo, Sunset
Glen Echo Arcade, Twilight
Glen Echo Arcade, Twilight
Glen Echo Arcade,Puppet Company, Twilight
Glen Echo Arcade,Puppet Company, Twilight
Mirror and roof vaulting, Glen Echo Dentzel Carousel
Mirror and roof vaulting, Glen Echo Dentzel Carousel
Dentzel Carousel Horse
Dentzel Carousel Horse
Faces of the Dentzel Carousel
Faces of the Dentzel Carousel
The Dentzel Carousel in motion
The Dentzel Carousel in motion
James, Glen Echo Park #1
James, Glen Echo Park #1
James, Glen Echo Park #2
James, Glen Echo Park #2