• Events

    High Heel Race

    Thousands of people came out last night to watch the fantastic 30th year of the High Heel Race on 17th St. Several D.C. Focused photographers were there, and this is what we saw:  

  • Events

    A Feast of Cars

    Every year Rockville holds a great free show of antique and vintage cars. A couple of us went to this year’s show last Saturday, and got to see 550 cars spread out over a large field. One of the first things you notice is how great car colors used to be:     The classic shapes also look good in black and white:     There are a few extremely old cars, like this 1912 E-M-F (which last year drove 10,000 miles back and forth across the U.S.):       There are 32 different car clubs at the event, so you can see many types of vintage cars:  …

  • Neighborhoods

    Pleasant Plains

    Last Sunday several of us took a walk through Pleasant Plains, the area along Georgia Avenue north of Shaw and south of Columbia Heights. It’s an area rich in history and variety. On the south side of the area, there’s a stark contrast between the new Atlantic Plumbing complex and the two huge vacant buildings across the street. The vacant buildings face Georgia Avenue, covering the entire 2100 Georgia block and backing up to 8th Street. One of the buildings is the Bond Bread factory, built in 1929 and closed in 1971:     The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, as a great example of the…

  • Events

    Playing with Fire

    We had a great time photographing all the art and performances at last weekend’s Art All Night. One of the highlights was the exciting fire performances in several neighborhoods: Curioso Carnival on H Street     Incendiary Circus in Van Ness       Pyroxotic in Shaw       Nuit Cirque, Art Soiree in Shaw       Moksha Nar: “All Roots Lead Home” in Shaw       Featured image © Diriki Rice

  • Events

    D.C. Fashion Week

    D.C. Fashion Week opened last night for its 25th year. The fashion show was in a spectacular location, using the Yards Park pedestrian bridge as the runway. As night fell, we were treated to some great local creativity.               The architecture of the bridge made a perfect setting for the models and the attendees.       D.C. Fashion Week continues throughout the week with other events.     All images © Victoria Pickering

  • Misc.

    Happy Labor Day!

    On Labor Day, we celebrate a variety of the ways people work – from retail, to police, to athletes and performers, to lifeguards.          

  • Events

    Happy birthday, NPS!

    Today is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service. NPS has been holding a lot of events in celebration throughout the U.S., and this morning staged their most ambitious. With the help of 1,200 volunteers willing to hold colored umbrellas, they formed the NPS logo and had a helicopter photograph it from above. There was of course quite a bit of time arranging the formation and waiting around for the photo to be taken, in a scenic spot on the west side of the Washington Monument grounds.         When the announcement came and the helicopter was nearby, everybody snapped to attention for the…

  • Events

    Tango on the Plaza

    If you are looking for something romantic to see or do, go to Freedom Plaza on Sunday nights. The Capital Tangueros sponsor tango on the plaza, complete with music and a view of the Capitol. While some people join in wearing shorts and t-shirts, there are a lot of great tango outfits. And the shoes!! All images © Victoria Pickering

  • Events

    Action at the DNC

    With Philadelphia being a short train ride away, I decided to go up yesterday to see the demonstrations around the Democratic National Convention. The scene was democracy in all its glory – passion, heated debates, and some venom. There were three main demonstrations yesterday: The Bernie rally Near City Hall, there was a large Bernie Sanders rally that went on for several hours. This man summed up the anti-capitalist sentiment of the crowd:     Lots of signs and Bernie or Bust supporters:               Shut Down the DNC This rally started by City Hall, and eventually marched three miles down to the Convention Center.…

  • Arts,  Events

    Phife is Living!

    Words, Beats & Life is a community organization founded in 2000, dedicated to using the “transformative power of hip-hop” to help youth in the community. It’s well known for its arts activities, including massive paint jams that we’ve had fun photographing in 2015 and 2016. In addition to the arts activities, Words, Beats & Life runs many programs and free classes in poetry, DJ’ing, chess, and other activities that fit into their teaching goals of “Skill-Set Mastery, Employability, the Pursuit of a Post-Secondary Education, Community, and Self Mastery” for youths ages 13-23. On Saturday, they sponsored a large festival at Marvin Gaye Park in Anacostia, showcasing many of their activities,…