What do you look for in a photo-taking spot? As a street photographer, I’m drawn to places with lots of people. Not just any people, mind you. People who seem relaxed and happy are more likely to say yes when I ask them for a photo. Meanwhile, very busy people likely won’t even notice if I take pictures of them on the sly.
There are many places around Washington that have that perfect mix of happy, relaxed folks and occupied, oblivious ones. Union Station comes to mind, or on the corner of 7th and H NW, near the Chinatown arch. And there are all our vibrant main streets, from the “new U” (as it was once called) to 14th NW, to H St. NE. Parks are also good bets: Meridian Hill, the fountain at Dupont Circle, or the granddaddy of them all, The Mall.
Still, the place that I return to almost every weekend is Eastern Market. The market has been called Capitol Hill’s beating heart. (Really! I Googled it.) The artists and food vendors will often oblige you with a photo. (And, I’ve been there frequently enough to know which ones don’t want a camera within 50 feet of them.) Plus, the shoppers all seem to be in a good mood, which makes my job easier.
Read on for some photos of my favorite Market denizens. And, be sure to tell us about your favorite photo spots in the comments.