The title of Jano Silva‘s photo sums this one up nicely. Sure the heat index is over 100 degrees, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look your finest and go enjoy an American pastime. (Oh sure, you say, this was taken in April. Something tells me this guy is busting out the full seersucker even today.)
If you’re going to have just one photo on your stream, it might as well be a snappy one. Actually hownowknowhow just joined Flickr — and we encourage you all to join up and add your photos to our Exposed DC pool. If you like taking pictures, it doesn’t matter if you’re just an Instagram-aholic or a pro with gear worth more than your car, we take all kinds here.
I saw a bunch of photos pop up on my feeds after Squarepusher played at the Black Cat last week, most taking advantage of the blazing light display. Here, instead, hownowknowhow dialed back the in-your-face LEDs and used them more as a canvas for his composition: the crowd in silhouette seemingly mesmerized by the man on stage.
While browsing our Flickr pool, this underwater image by Noe Todorovich stuck out among the summer pictures. Not just because we’d all love to be out of the office, gliding in a pool, but because even when we’re not, of course, walking through the humid D.C. air feels pretty much the same. The contrast of the cool blue with the tight expression helps fuel the opposing emotions.
Noe told us about taking the photo:
We decided to go to the pool on Sunday and just after I jumped in, I remembered the waterproof iPhone case that I bought Patrick for Christmas in 2011. We hadn’t really used it much yet, so I figured this was a perfect opportunity. I used it with my iPhone4S to take some pictures under the water, and Patrick had the idea to swim towards me while I took the picture… I liked the way this shot showed him reaching forward, the bubbles ascending into the reflection on the top of the frame (bottom of the top of the water).
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.