• Celebrations,  Events,  Parades

    Pride and Joy

    The contrast is shocking: the elation of Saturday afternoon’s festivities in Dupont Circle and the anguish of the news from Orlando on Sunday morning. And yet, that should not take away from the overwhelming joy of the Pride Parade. Always a happy occasion, revelers had one more thing to celebrate this year. This was the first Pride Parade that took place after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June of 2015. Here, DC Focused photographers tried to capture some of that sense of happiness. Featured image © 2016 Victoria Pickering.                                      

  • Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals

    20+ Cultures in the Spotlight at Fiesta Asia

    Between 2000 and 2010, the DC region’s Asian population grew by 60 percent. “Chinese are most prevalent in the District and Montgomery County, particularly in Rockville and Potomac,” reported The Washington Post in 2011. “Filipinos are the largest group in Prince George’s and Charles counties. Indians are flocking to Loudoun and Fairfax counties and have become the largest and fastest-growing group of Asians in the area. Koreans are the largest group in Centreville, where 26 percent of the population is Asian.” Cultures from these countries and many more — 20-plus in all — were celebrated at the 11th annual Fiesta Asia Street Festival, which took place on Pennsylvania Avenue on…

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  • Arts,  Events,  Meetups

    Paint Jam Comes to Rhode Island Ave.

      “We are Hip-Hop in all its forms,” says Words Beats & Life, a non-profit arts and educational organization. Last weekend, the Hip-Hop form on display was the mural. Since its founding in 2000, artists working with Word Beats & Life have created thousands of feet of public art around the District, including major installations in Storey Park and Edgewood.  On Saturday, the Fine Lines Paint Jam came to Rhode Island Avenue NE, with dozens of artists leaving their marks on a 900 foot concrete canvas just off the 500 and 600 blocks. With art unfolding before one’s eyes, it was the perfect time for a photo meetup. Several DC…

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  • Sports

    A rough and tumble Thanksgiving weekend with the DC Rollergirls

      Photographing roller derby in a dimly lit skating rink, adorned with disco balls and a mirrored wall? Yeah, no sweat. Give us the choice between less than ideal lighting conditions and the rough and tumble world of roller derby and, well, we’ll stay right there on the sidelines. These are some of the photos from our DC Focused Meetup group at Sunday’s DC Rollergirls scrimmage. We were lucky enough to have official DC Rollergirls photographer Pablo Raw on hand to give us some tips on the finer points of roller derby photography.  You can see the full set on Facebook.. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small…

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  • Meetups,  Monuments, Memorials, Statues,  Sunrises and Sunsets

    Sunrise challenge at the Marine Corps War Memorial

      Sunrise photography isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Getting out of a warm bed a couple hours before dawn is hard enough for most folks but when the temperatures outside are near freezing, it can be downright agonizing. Our Sunday morning meetup at the Marine Corps War Memorial was one of those days. But in this case, the payoff meant hanging out with other die-hards and getting a gorgeous shot of the sun rising over the city. One of the lessons you learn from these outings is how important it is to work quickly when you’re shooting sunrises. The best light is often in that half hour before the sun…

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  • Arts,  Events

    Art All Night – creativity takes over D.C.!

    Art All Night took over much of the city this weekend, from early Saturday evening until 3 am on Sunday, offering art, music, dancing, and performances. With five major locations and more than 35 different venues, it was impossible to see it all, so here’s a recap from photos in the DC Focused Flickr pool: Performances Textures by Shanna Lim   Vaudoux Aerial Dance Theatre at Techworld Plaza   The Strong Man eats fire at Gallery O on H St.   Colombian Embassy   Lionz of Zion breakdancing at the Wonder Bread factory   Free [D] Art at the Fairy Lot   Live painting at the Swatchroom   Jennifer Stephens…

  • Dispatches

    In Celebration of Travel: Dispatches from around the globe

    Southern California’s Venice Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world, and one of the best places in the world to people watch. Jeffrey Morris captures a wonderful sunset at the beach’s skate park. Image by Jeffrey Morris. See more of his work on his website. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]While this blog’s focus is squarely on life in the District, this week, we’re broadening our horizons. It’s Travel Week here at DC Focused. We’re big believers in getting out of town whenever we can, whether it’s a short trip up the coast or somewhere halfway around the globe. Throughout the week, our contributors will be posting some…

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  • Meetups,  Misc.

    Exploring the historic U Street Heritage Trail

      Our DC Focused Meetup group spent a recent Sunday afternoon exploring the U Street Heritage Trail, which highlights some of the important historical sites in the greater U Street neighborhood. Our mission was to tell the story of the neighborhood, which stretches a couple blocks on each side of U Street. From the Cultural Tourism DC’s description of the area: “For the first half of the 20th century, this neighborhood inspired and sustained the rich social, civic, and cultural life of Washington’s African American community. During the years of segregation, U Street was Washington’s “Black Broadway” and the heart of African American business and culture. Here people of color responded with…

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