• Featured,  Street Photography

    The 24-hour Project: Washington DC

      I remember feeling like I had become a bonafide street photographer in 2015 after spending nearly 24-hours on the streets of Washington DC taking pictures and posting one every hour to Instagram. This was for the annual 24 hour project hatched by Renzo Grande and Sam Whittier, New York and California based street photographers. I decided to stretch my endurance again this year on March 19th, for this year’s 24 hour project. I was the ambassador for Washington DC, and one of nearly 2.800 registered participants in more than 103 countries. The purpose of the project is always to document the human condition. Once again, I spent 24 hours on the…

  • Architecture,  Featured

    It’s Brutal in D.C.

    Brutalist architecture took over much of Washington in the 60’s to 80’s. Some love it, some hate it, and all of us live with it daily. So we decided to challenge the D.C. Focused photography community to photograph it in all its glorious ugliness, and here is what we saw: The Farragut Building 900 17th St. NW Completed: 1963   The Robert S. Strauss Building 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Completed: 1978   DC Jail 1901 D St. SE Completed: 1976   Hirshhorn Museum Architect: Gordon Bunshaft Completed: 1974   L’Enfant Plaza The overall design of the L’Enfant Plaza complex was created by I.M.Pei & Partners.   L’Enfant Plaza South…

  • Featured,  Process

    Revisit: Panama, July 2011

    Revisiting old photographs for the purposes of processing (or reprocessing) can be more than a trip down memory lane. For me, there’s a lot of “oof, that is terrible” and “I knew to shoot in RAW, why didn’t I shoot in RAW?!” and the occasional “maybe I can do something with this shot.” As technology has continued its forward march, I have changed my editing methods and improved upon my editing. Sure, there are plateaus and maybe some (I hope shallow?) valleys, but revisiting old photos helps me see my progress, as well as areas where I can improve. Below, I go through three photos I took in July 2011…

  • Featured,  Long exposure

    Three Legs to Stand on: Experimenting with Long Exposures

    My editor at DC Focused likes to joke about how I’ve developed this rep as “the street portrait guy,” and it’s true. Stopping strangers on the street and asking for their photos has become my M.O. However, in an effort to avoid typecasting, and in keeping with DC Focused’s first New Year’s resolution, I’ve been looking at things in different ways. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with long exposures — anywhere from half a second to nearly a minute — and it’s opened up a new world of possibilities, as well as some challenges. Let’s start with the bad news first… Camera Shake: No one can keep their hands perfectly still…

  • Dispatches,  Featured,  Street Photography,  Street Portraits

    Dispatches: A Blustery January in London

      Enroute to Accra, Ghana, I made a much needed stopover in London. One of my favorite cities in the world after Accra, Washington DC and New York. My endless fascination borders on social psychology, anthropology and, perhaps, some innocent voyeurism. It’s amazing — I get to use my trusty Fuji X-T1 and iPhone as the medium to “scratch my itch” in trying to understand how other people live, as a means to understanding my place in the world. These monochrome photos show what I saw from Regent Street, Green Park, Hounslow and other places. All images © Nana Gyesie.  His work can be found on Tumblr, flickr and Instagram.  Dispatches is our occasional look…

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  • Featured,  Misc.

    What lies beneath

    There’s recently been a lot of news about McMillan Park in D.C., with secret parties and protests about the impending redevelopment and a group trying to preserve it.  Right near Children’s Hospital, McMillan Park is that large fenced-off space with the weird towers.  On the last time that it legally had a viewing day for the public, back in 2012, I got to see the de-commissioned water treatment plant underneath the towers. The doors in each tower open to an entry ramp into the underground. There are twenty towers, and each tower has the same vast series of catacombs, an acre each.  The eerie light comes from round holes overhead. …

  • Arts,  Featured

    9:30 World’s Fair: Documenting the 9:30 Club’s double-anniversary exhibition

      The 9:30 Club is filled with DC music memories and last week they opened their doors for a free interactive, multimedia look back at its 35 years here in DC. When I heard they added extra tickets to the already sold out time slots, I quick snagged a couple and took my camera with me on Saturday afternoon for some low light shooting and a memorabilia-filled, immersive trip through the club.   My first 9:30 Club experience was back in college at the original location at 930 F St to see They Might Be Giants. At that time it held only 199 people and I remember it being a…

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  • Architecture,  Featured

    D.C., as seen through its doors

    Two years ago on New Year’s Day, I was sitting around thinking it would be good to start a photography project. Since I only had until the end of the day to figure out a project if I wanted to do something daily, I didn’t have much time to think. And a quick search quashed lots of my ideas because I found out they’d already been done by someone else. So I finally settled on photographing doors, resolving to post a photo of a door in D.C. every day. I got more and more interested in it over time, finding out lots about history, and how complicated zoning and preservation…

  • Arts,  Featured

    Glen Echo Park

    Nestled between MacArthur Boulevard and the Clara Barton Parkway and only a five-minute drive from our nation’s capital, lies a little piece of local history and an active and vibrant artistic community.  Glen Echo Park serves as host to numerous classes, dances (including contra dances, as previously covered by DC Focused), and a monument to a rich local past.   The Baltzley brothers established Glen Echo thanks in large part to the fortune brought in by Edwin Baltzley’s egg beater patent.  The brothers purchased 516 acres in 1888 to build a large real estate development:  Glen-Echo-on-the-Potomac was to help D.C. rival cities on the Rhine like Cologne, Basel, Strasbourg, Utrecht,…

  • Featured,  Misc.

    Finding the holiday spirit in Old Town Alexandria

      For photographers looking to capture the holiday spirit, Old Town Alexandria offers a little bit of everything — tree-lined streets decked with holiday lights, colorful window displays, festive street entertainers and a lot of happy people enjoying the shopping, dining and ice cream. The DC Focused Meetup group hit the Old Town streets recently to take in the sights during blue hour, that period right after the sun sets when everything is, well, blue. To find out more of what Old Town has to offer, check out Extraordinary Alexandria. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider…

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  • Featured,  Street Portraits

    Picturing Street Sense with National Geographic

    Founded in 2003, Street Sense is a  paper about homelessness, featuring stories, photos and poems by people who are homeless or have been in the past. But it is more than that. Street Sense is also an economic driver. Its vendors pay about 50 cents per paper to cover publishing costs and then earn $2 for each copy they sell. This means that the average vendor earns about $45 per day. In addition, Street Sense hosts a film making cooperative and photography classes for vendors. [For more on Street Sense, check out their website.] If you live or work in Washington, DC, the chances are pretty good that you know…

  • Events,  Featured

    Flame on! Fire performers and spinners take over at Artomatic

      There’s nothing like the promise of fire-breathing performers to bring out the photo crowd. The DC Focused Meetup group crashed the Artomatic Fire Performance and Spin Jam on Saturday night. Performer Danny “Sunshine” Goldberg organized the event, which brought together local fire performers and poi spinners at the annual art event. Artomatic, which this year is being held in Hyattsville, runs until Dec. 12. Below are some of the photos from the meetup. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider…