This Friday May 8, WWII planes are flying over the National Mall. To enjoy the sky parade, Exposed DC is hosting an event around the Jefferson Memorial. Photographing airplanes flying in the sky can be complicated—timing is everything. To help anyone bringing their camera down to the Mall, I asked aviation photography expert, Chris Williams, who also taught our Knowledge Commons class at Gravelly Point last fall, a few questions about his craft and to share a few tips about capturing great aeronautical images.
I’ve seen a lot of great images with wonderful uses of contrast lately—Bridget Murray Law’s photograph is no exception. She sets the mood with her stunning use of light and shadowing that characterizes the contemplative man standing by the window. The scene is timeless and I feel a sense of familiarity to the image.
This shot was taken by Leonard Jewler in February, however, I’m happy to see he posted it now. This is such a striking use of contrast and abstraction. Jewler takes the opportunity to view an often-photographed scene and shift his angle to create a more unique and interesting image.
I was really drawn to the raw movements captured in this moment by Antwain Jackson. He attaches this quote to his image, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.”—Confucius. It’s one of those statements that really pairs with the essence of the photograph—motion. Appropriately, just behind the boy, you can faintly see a sign that reads, “No Stopping Anytime.” I continue to read Confucius’ words and look at Jackson’s image. Each time I look back and forth, I feel a new sense of movement.