Have you been thinking about our “America” photo challenge? Flickr user slightlyworn added this to our pool before we issued the call, but this fits the bill quite nicely. The enhanced twilight colors are a sort of effusive foreshadowing of the ruckus to grace the Washington skyline tomorrow. The young woman in soft focus looks up away from the sleepy city and out of the frame, creating a scene that is calming, dreamy, and just a little bit hopeful. Add your images showing what America is to you in our Flickr pool and tag them “AmericaChallenge.” We’ll run a gallery of our favorites on Monday.
For our second In Frame, let’s move from the quirky culture of D.C. residents to the other side of the coin. Photographer Julian Ortiz of JEO Photography gave these tourists an ode to pointless souvenir buying (and who among us hasn’t stood dumbly in a shop trying to decide which tchotchke — the shot glass or the fridge magnet? — would memorialize the experience better). By framing the image tightly, he turned a street vendor’s kiosk into such a cacophony of patternless lines that I didn’t even see the lady in the plaid jacket at first. The gray scale blurs together the paraphernalia into near non-recognition in a foreshadowing of the way they’ll surely be forgotten once tossed in a closet at home.
Today we launch a new place for Washington, D.C. photography. For the last seven years we’ve organized the Exposed Photography Show through local blog DCist as a place for Washington, D.C. photographers to show off their unique view of the city that they love and live in. We’ve hosted the occasional meet-up and branched off with Exposed winners to other projects, but now it’s time for us to put it all in one place: Welcome to Exposed DC.
There has always been an engaging group of photography lovers in this city, from pure hobbyists to full-time professionals. We want ExposedDC.com to be the place you come to find information for all skill levels, a special event in town to practice your skills, a happy hour to hob-nob with other camera geeks, and challenges leading up to our annual Exposed contest.