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Further Colors of Night- DC’s Chinatown

Fresh Noodles Made Daily
Fresh Noodles Made Daily

The fresh noodles and Peking duck house on 6th Street, NW. I think someone needs to teach them about Windex, as the “OPEN” sign is fuzzy not from being out of focus in my composition but from the splattered duck fat on the window. And no, I’ve never eaten there to know if the food is any good or not. But if you’re lucky when you wander by you can watch them making traditional Chinese noodles in the window, stretching and re-folding the dough over and over and over again, then cutting the ends and BOOM! you’ve got all these separate strands of pasta.

Mings Chinatown
Mings Chinatown

I liked the juxtaposition of the empty sidewalk out front, the lone Prius in the parking lot next door, and the intimate diners in the window.

Secession Sushi - The Wok 'n Roll in the Surratt House
Secession Sushi – The Wok ‘n Roll in the Surratt House

This one gets a cutesy title because there’s just something so post- and meta- and ironic and all that kind of stuff about having a sushi joint on the ground floor of Mary Surratt’s boarding house, where the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln was hatched. Don’t believe me? Read the plaque on the wall of the house, like the two time-blurred figures in the photo are doing. It’s a very odd vestige of what downtown Washington looked like in 1865, and despite what Robert Redford would have had you believe in “The Conspirator” (by filming in an albeit lesser mansion in Savannah, Georgia), evidence of the utterly middle-class lifestyle of Mary Surratt.

All the above images were shot with my Canham woodfield 5×7, using my Kodak 12″ Commercial Ektar, using Kodak Portra 160nc film.

The Colors of Night – more Washington DC and environs shots

Fountain, Georgetown Waterfront, Kennedy Center
Fountain, Georgetown Waterfront, Kennedy Center

Burma Restaurant, Chinatown, DC
Burma Restaurant, Chinatown, DC
Glen Echo Sign
Glen Echo Sign


Three more in my DC at night series. These were all shot with the Canham 5×7 wood field, and if memory serves, all were taken with the Kodak 12″ Commercial Ektar lens.

Fun with the Rollei – Part 4 – more DC, some at night and other random stuff

National Archives and the Navy Memorial, Young Couple, Nightfall
National Archives and the Navy Memorial, Young Couple, Nightfall
The Verizon Center, from 7th and F Streets
The Verizon Center, from 7th and F Streets

More fun with the Rolleiflex. All of this series was shot with Kodak Portra 160 NC, which is a fantastic film for night photography because of the way it handles color in mixed lighting conditions. In my opinion, it’s probably the best color film for this kind of shooting, ever. Others may disagree.

Cyclist returning his Bikeshare, National Portrait Gallery, Sunset
Cyclist returning his Bikeshare, National Portrait Gallery, Sunset
Episcopal Church, 13th and G Streets
Episcopal Church, 13th and G Streets
The Fairmount Market, 11th and Fairmount
The Fairmount Market, 11th and Fairmount
Morning Bus Ride, 11th Street Bus
Morning Bus Ride, 11th Street Bus

More New Personal Work

Here are some of my color images of Washington DC – some of these images will be going into my Artomatic show in May, along with some of my images in San Francisco.

Capitol Bikeshare, 7-Eleven Windows
Capitol Bikeshare, 7-Eleven Windows
Capitol Bikeshare, Rhode Island Avenue
Capitol Bikeshare, Rhode Island Avenue
Fountain, Capitol Columns, US Arboretum
Fountain, Capitol Columns, US Arboretum
Capitol Columns, US Arboretum
Capitol Columns, US Arboretum
Rosslyn, Potomac River
Rosslyn, Potomac River
Under the Whitehurst Freeway
Under the Whitehurst Freeway
Kennedy Center, Potomac River, Night
Kennedy Center, Potomac River, Night
Earth mover, Night
Earth mover, Night
Water Street, Georgetown
Water Street, Georgetown
Washington Harbor, Cherry Blossoms, Taxi
Washington Harbor, Cherry Blossoms, Taxi

These are part of an ongoing series I’ve been working on of Washington DC, by day and by night. All these were shot with a Mamiya RB67. My film of preference is Kodak Portra 160nc because it does such a great job with handling diverse light-sources. The two bikeshare photos are on Fuji NPS 160. I was trying them out side-by-side, to see which I like better. I think the Fuji still has a little bit of a green cast to it, so I think I’m going to stick to the Kodak.