With the summer season approaching and warm weather finally in our grasp, it is a great time to participate in local events happening around the DMV. For example, Olaf Zerbock photographed the Lights of Freedom Ceremony at Walter Pierce Park. Lighting over 2,000 candles, the event honors thousands of African Americans who were buried in what is now Adams Morgan after they gained their freedom during the U.S. Civil War. This photo is contemplative, powerful, and a reminder to get out in our community and participate!
Spring is here, and with the cold weather finally on its way out of DC it is a perfect time to get outside and take some photos! This beautiful image of magnolias was captured by Bekah Richards in Rawlins Park. By taking the photo with an upward angle the solid blue sky remains a consistent backdrop, eliminating any distractions that would take away from the flower’s vibrancy. So, when you are taking photos of nature make sure to try different points of view to make the viewer want to stop and smell the roses or, in this case, magnolias.
This image by @manylaughs just goes to show that we can add a bit of drama to even the most ordinary of subjects in photography. Producing the photo in black and white heightens the contrast between the lighter and darker portions of the image. Photographers are able to experiment with dramatic shadow-play by underexposing images. In this
Last but not least, we announce our fifth Best in Show prize winner for our 13th Annual Exposed DC Photography Show. Each year a panel of five influential photographers choose their favorite image, and each winning photographer receives a $100 cash prize from Exposed DC.
“Nuisance Flooding” by Kevin Wolf was chosen by Lauren Stockbower for its unique perspective. She described the work taken at the Washington and Jefferson memorials as “one of the most beauteous and ephemeral weather pictures.” Furthermore, Stockbower states: “Photographically, the composition is strong, with horizontal thirds divided by the memorials as bookends and the crooked bench, mostly symmetrical, in the center. The reflections of all three add mood and depth to the image, as do the white lights reflected in the water on both edges.”
See all 43 winning images of the 2019 exhibit, including the five Best in Show winners, on display at Touchstone Gallery during our opening reception on February 13 from 6-10 p.m. A limited number of advance tickets are available, so grab yours now to join us in our 13th year of celebrating local photography!
Lauren Stockbower has worked as a picture editor over the course of 20 years for The New York Times, Forbes, Business Week, and U.S. News and World Report. She has also been both a staff newspaper photographer and a freelancer throughout Asia. She was the Director of Archive Pictures in New York City for several years and has frequently been a judge for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. An educator for twenty years, she has taught at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, the Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and Northern Virginia Community College. She freelances as a picture editor, works with photographers on their portfolio development, and serves as Portfolio Director for UFolios.com.
We hope everyone has marked their calendars for the 13th Annual Exposed DC Photography Show opening on February 13th! Today we announce our fourth Best in Show prize winner. Each year, Exposed DC invites a panel of five influential photographers to choose their favorite image, and each winning photographer receives a $100 cash prize from Exposed DC.
“Hyattsville, MD” by Chris Suspect was chosen by Darren Smith for its ability to capture a multiplicity of meaning in a single space. Smith writes, “Children and adults inhabit the same space but live in different worlds. The direct and flat gazes of the children humorously reveal they see through the facades adults so often construct and are not impressed.”
Darren Smith supervises the foreign-language editions of National Geographic Magazine, which are produced in 36 countries. He is also a photographer and artist, who makes collages by hand from his photographs. His work has been exhibited in the D.C. metro area, New York, and Paris.
Already have your tickets for the opening reception on February 13th at Touchstone Gallery? Awesome; we’ll see you there! If you still don’t have yours, click the link below to get yours before tickets go up at the door!