new york at night
second photo from last week’s snow storm. this one from the day, morning, after. one of the few delivery trucks who made it through the mess, and on top of it, a smile.
before the storm … now across the last 12 hours DC has seen quite a bit of snow come its way. it started to snow slowly yesterday evening and then increased over night and when i woke up this morning there was a solid layer of probably half a foot of snow on the ground. i went on two walks around the neighborhood one last night and one this morning. this one was from last night when accumulation was still minimal.
practicing the kung fu at the chinese new year parade last weekend
i don’t know for how long the anacostia marching band has been part of the chinese new year parade in DC but this is not the second year in a row i have seen this group and again they were fantastic. the energy they bring is amazing.
chinese new year parade in washington dc.
DC was more or less completely shut down yesterday. both the federal and district governments were closed all day as were most local schools my work closed at 2.30 just as it actually started to snow. before that it was just slowly getting colder. but across the afternoon the snow picked up and at the end of the day … by 10pm or so … we probably ended up with a couple of inches. it was hard to say exactly how much because with the snow and colder temperatures also a lot of wind came into the area.
this morning, before work i took a walk outside. it was freezing cold and the wind didn’t make it much better. but i wanted to capture a bit of the clean up efforts which had to be underway because most businesses were operating back on regular schedule.
the photo is of two men shoveling snow in columbia heights at the corner of 14th and kenyon.
a last photo from Art Basel in Miami. i initially hadn’t planned to post this. but then it didn’t only grew on me, but it also started to remind me of the the Alex Prager show “Faces in the Crowd” I saw last month at the Corcoran. I wrote about it on my art blog. now i am not trying to equate this with any of Pragers work which is amazing, but it just started to remind of it. What i liked about this photo was the men in the middle of the crowd being all alone with this circle of talking women around the edges of the photo.
so here i wanted to post my favorite photo of the year. so of all the photos i took across 2013 which ones did i like the best. that was a pretty tough one. but i can only recommend to everyone who has photography as a hobby to do this exercise. it is really interesting to sit down and go through all the photos you took across the last 12 months and see all of the great photos you took. now there is a ton of rubbish and i probably ignored 90% of my photos to start with or otherwise this exercise would have taken way too long, but just going over the 10% of photos of the last 12 months that initially you thought were good still leaves a good set and on the one side it brings back memories and on the other side it motivates.
now to the photo. well it will have to be photos (plural). i tried to narrow it down to one but couldn’t. i guess your photos become your babies and one really shouldn’t have favorites. but as i went through the photos there were four that stood out. four from four different places, events i took photos of. there is the photo from the market in oaxaca where i walked around for more than four hours taking photos of an incredible place with incredible people. then there is a photo from the fiesta dc parade with two members of the mexican horse group. there is the photo from the howard university’s home coming parade. and finally there is the photo of the soldier remembering a friend on memorial day at arlington cemetery. what i like about these four photos is that there is at least to me a great human connection between me the viewer and the people. what also connects these four photos for me at least is that all four photos came out exactly as i had envisioned them. now to a professional photographer this might be a duh, but i will admit that there are still a ton of photos i take that when i look at them on the screen just don’t have the same feel to them as when i take them. now luckily that number is slowly going down. but there is also some magical feeling to it when you sit down and go through the photos you took on a day and then there it is the photo that came out exactly, or maybe at least 80% as you had envisioned it.
so these are what i think are my top four of 2013:
one more site where i post photos … my tumblr (http://thestreetsofdc.tumblr.com/). the most liked photo there is yet another photo. so i guess between the three communities not a high level of agreement of what my best shot of 2013 was. maybe in a last post in this series i will upload the photo i liked the most.