Photographing on a foggy day can be tricky for any photographer, as the air is full of water particles that redirect light rays across a landscape. However, this image by Mark Alan Andre demonstrates that when done well, photographing in such conditions can produce an ominous and alluring image. To do this, one must not be afraid to experiment with various aspects of their shooting process such as playing with longer exposure times as well as using a tripod or shooting handheld with a higher ISO. Great job, Mark!
In case you missed it, we decided to extend our contest all the way to February 28. That gives you plenty of time to send us your best images of life in the D.C. region and increase your chances of being part of our annual show at Dupont Underground in May.
We have a lot of great events in the meantime! Join us for our January happy hour this Tuesday at Board Room. Then on Friday, February 2, we’re opening a new exhibit at the Crystal City Fotowalk! You can see the exhibit up now anytime, but we hope you’ll join us for a glass of wine and meet the talented photographers we’re featuring in this round.
On to Friday Links!
- “The Wonder People” exhibit opens today at the Glen Echo Photoworks Gallery and runs through Feb. 25 with a reception and gallery talk this Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit features Dorte Verner’s portraits of refugees from around the world.
- Register to attend a photography exhibit, reception, and conversation on the impact of photojournalism and creative storytelling on policy at Johns Hopkins SAIS on Feb. 1. Free to attend.
- Head to the opening of “You, if no one else,” the Arlington Arts Center’s winter group exhibition, including photography by Danielle A. Scruggs among other artworks. Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.
- National Geographic photographer illustrates glacial retreat by making long exposures while carrying a torch along the glacier’s former boundaries.
- After the New York Times revealed the extent of sexual harassment by fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, publisher Condé Nast cut ties with them and created a code of conduct to protect its models during shoots.
- A former Department of Energy photographer has filed a federal whistleblower suit stating that he was fired after leaking photos of Rick Perry meeting with the CEO of Murray Energy.
- This one is for all you Star Wars geeks.
- The New Yorker profiles photographer/filmmaker Khalik Allah and his images of Harlem at night that “have a spiritual essence, an element of passion and grace.”
- Christopher Payne’s photo essay on one of America’s last remaining pencil factories may cause unexpected feelings of nostalgia.
In this image, Joe Flood does a great job of framing his subject. The central framing of the extended ladder draws the viewer’s eye, guiding it up the length of the building. The angle of the camera appearing closer to the ground as opposed to eye-level exaggerates the perspective of the image providing a greater sense of depth. Experimenting with one’s perspective can freshen up your artistic style and result in a satisfying visual product.
Did you catch the exciting news? The 2018 Annual Photography Show will be held May 11-18 at Dupont Underground! We’re excited to celebrate local photography in a place with a fascinating history right in the heart of D.C. Since the date for the show is much later than usual, we’ve also extended the deadline for entries to Feb. 28. Additional information on the contest and show are available here.
Now on to your regularly scheduled programming…
- Sad news for great local-ish events: LOOK3 is officially shutting down. The Charlottesville festival originated in a backyard gathering of photographers and expanded to the major bi- and sometimes tri-annual event featuring some of the most well-known photographers in the world.
- Get down to the H Street NE neighborhood tonight for a couple of openings. Head to Gallery O on H to see Phantasm, “a photographic journey that twists and turns your imagination,” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Then get to the Capital Fringe headquarters for The Community Collective Photography Showcase from 7 to 9 p.m.
- Focus on the Story is a photo festival headed to DC in June. Chairperson is Exposed alum Chris Suspect, and they will have several big name speakers during the event.
- Submit your best bird photos to the Audubon Photography Awards before April 2.
- “Everyday DC,” an exhibition featuring 126 photos by students at D.C. Public Schools, opened at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery and will be on view through Jan. 31. The exhibit is sponsored by the Pulitzer Center and the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
- Earlier this week, Kodak announced plans to launch an image rights management platform and a new cryptocurrency, KODAKCoin, to “empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.”
- The NYSEA Cold Shot Challenge may not be for the faint of heart. The contest celebrates winter surf culture and requires that all photos be taken between Jan. 4 and March 31 from land, air, or sea along the beaches and coastline from North Carolina up to Maine.
- An exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada explores photographers’ extensive documentation of the California Gold Rush, mostly through daguerreotypes.