Recently I’ve being going to some meetups which combine cosplay and photography. It’s been a fun challenge to learn how to photograph cosplayers in ways that bring out their characters. Here are photos from a shoot in the Library of Congress with Anastasia and her father Tsar Nicholas and Elsa from Frozen, and then Resident Evil on the grounds of the Washington Monument and Tidal Basin.
The POWWOW!DC week-long mural festival started on a rainy Saturday, but by mid-week there was some good weather and the muralists had made a lot of progress.
On May 24th, the Royal Canadian Airforce Snowbirds flew in formation over D.C., as a token of friendship with the U.S. and celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary next year. They made two passes over southwest D.C., in a formation of 9 CT-114 Tutor planes plus a 10th observational plane. These photos are taken from the Titanic Memorial by the Potomac.
For the past 5 years, the ceiling of Union Station has been covered to repair damage from the earthquake. And for the past 50 years, the original vision for the Main Hall has been obstructed by restaurants or visitors’ kiosks or other structures in the middle of it. Now the Main Hall has been restored back to Daniel Burnham’s 1907 design, with a vast gilded ceiling and a vast tiled floor.
The Post Hunt draws about 10,000 participants each year, trying to solve clues (or even find the clues) within a downtown area. This year, I got three out of the five answers, and was on the way to solving one more, except that I took a break to eat pizza mid-way through and didn’t have time to walk far enough to get the last part of the clue (worth it to have a break from the rain, though).
The previous hunts have started and ended at Freedom Plaza, but this hunt used the Convention Center as a base, which was very convenient especially given the rain. Here’s the crowd beginning to build up about a half-hour before it begins.
Some of the clues required waiting until umbrellas didn’t obscure the view:
The final clue was given from the stage by Dave Barry. Here, he is preparing the final clue by unveiling a pair of outhouses (once open, the outhouses had actors in them acting #1 and #2, part of the numbers for the final solution).
Dia:Beacon is an utterly magical place. It’s in an old Nabisco box-printing plant in Beacon, NY, by the Hudson River. The soaring spaces and light from the industrial windows makes the art even more alive. There are only a few artists featured, each with an abundant space.
The most breathtaking is the Dan Flavin installation in the basement:
The POW! WOW! DC mural festival is a 10-day event in NoMA. Today’s kick-off was in Storey Park, with a fair number of people showing up in the rain but not too much painting going on. Fortunately, Storey Park is already covered in art, making it a great background for the festival even if conditions were not good for painting new works.
For the past six years, the very popular intersection at 7th and H St. (by the Chinatown arch) has been set up as a Barnes Dance, which means you can have the fun of walking diagonally across the busy intersection. Now it’s in the middle of getting painted with dragons and zodiac signs, which will no doubt be fun for both pedestrians and photographers.
The art is being produced by Charles Burgon Studios, who were the winners of the public art commission.
The Funk Parade and festival is in its third year, and bigger and better than ever. This year, I was one of the “official” photographers, which in theory allowed me closer access to some events, but didn’t really help much given the size of the joyous crowds. It was a wonderful day of creativity and celebration.
The Fine Lines Paint Jam took place yesterday on a 900-foot-long wall on Rhode Island Avenue. This is the third annual event there, with the previous years’ work painted over before the event. In addition to the mural painting, there was music, skateboarding, chess, and the drum group Batala performing.