You may be as surprised as I was to learn that photographing a rodeo could be done within an hour’s drive from downtown D.C.! Pablo Benavente made this perfectly timed and well-lit capture at the Loudon County Fair in Leesburg, Virginia.
Today, courtesy of the newly acquired talent of InstantDC, we start our new section featuring local Instagram accounts worth checking out. To kick it off, we present Michela Baxter, aka @batteredsuitcase on Instagram.
Through her travels in and around Washington D.C., Michela is honing a unique, colorful style that is constantly improving as she continues to experiment and share her photos on Instagram. She does a great job of working within the square format to make interesting compositions. See some of her work below.
If you’d like your Instagram feed to be considered for this weekly InstantDC-curated feature, please tag your Instagram photos #exposeddc or #instantdc. We can’t wait to discover your work!
Happy Friday y’all! Ready for links? Here goes: Frank Underwood as photographer, BuzzFeed reinvents the photographer’s rights wheel, controversy over photoshoot of poor people, and granting prisoners a photographic wish.
- Ansel Adams wasn’t the only early photographer to explore Yosemite. Carleton Watkins also photographed the area in the late 1800′s.
- The documentary work by Brenda Ann Kenneally of people living in poverty in Troy, NY caused a barrage of negative internet comments after it was featured in Slate. The New York Times has a good breakdown of the controversy.
- This week is the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, so check out some of these rare photos of the Apollo 11 mission.
- The New York Daily News laid off 17 journalists this week, including five photographers.
- Oh Buzzfeed, this is a tale as old as time. Welcome to D.C., where security guards at Federal buildings enforce rules that don’t exist. “Which ugly Federal building are you?” quiz coming soon.
- Border Patrol agents hold boy scouts at gunpoint for taking a picture of them. “The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox was quoted as saying.
- A D.C. couple had their first photo as an engaged couple taken by Frank Underwood.
- The Afghan police officer who killed AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus got the death penalty.
Photographer Mark Strandquist asked hundreds of prisoners a straightforward question — if your cell could look out on one scene, what would it be?
- “He noticed that Chinese customers would often make a day out of it — bringing their tea and snacks, getting some shopping done and then treating themselves to a nice nap.” Kevin Frayer documents the not uncommon practice of IKEA shoppers in China taking naps in display rooms.
Wired goes “On the Prowl With Instagram’s Ultimate Street Photographer” Daniel Arnold.
- Queen Photobombs Hockey Player’s Selfie. Enough said.
- And finally, CityLab shares a video about the National Wildlife Property Repository, which houses millions of “products” of the illegal wildlife trade. The property includes an abundance of tigers.
If you frequent downtown, take public transportation, participate in cultural events, or just go about your everyday life in D.C., you might find yourself in one of Victoria Pickering’s photographs.
Victoria’s work has been featured in the Exposed DC Photography Show twice (2013 and 2014), with work that provides a unique perspective of the urban environment and how people fill the city and its spaces.
Because she posts her images online under a creative commons license, Victoria’s work has been featured on numerous websites, which has subsequently led to commercial work that she wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. We asked Victoria a few questions about her love for photography.