Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sign of the Times

I encountered these two life-sized standup cardboard cut-outs while on assignment in a hotel adjacent to Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Irons

A photograph of a collection of leg irons, in the jail of the US Superior Court in Washington DC.


This is an outtake from a recent assignment.

Many things in life can break your heart.

Virginia McLaurin, 107 years old

I recently photographed Virginia McLaurin as part of a series on our community's seniors I am doing in collaboration with TERRIFIC Inc.

Ms. McLaurin is 107 years old, and recently delighted the nation when she met and danced with President and Mrs. Obama. She told them that she "represented black history" and wanted to meet the president.

She was born in South Carolina in 1909, and in her childhood knew people who had been slaves themselves. In her early days she grew up on a farm, without electricity or cars, and said her parents, who were sharecroppers, were treated pretty much the same as if they had still been in slavery. She recounted tales of inequity and segregation, and of redemption and belonging in the church.

She was one of eight girls and three boys. One of her older sisters is still alive.

She is a real delight, with amazing happy energy and an infectious high-energy sense of humor. She laughs long, loud, and often, delighting in life. A retired dry cleaner, she is still quite active in her church, and volunteers as a teacher at a nearby charter school near her home in Washington, DC.




Many thanks for this opportunity to Ms. McLaurin, her daughter-in law, plus Sandra Brewer, Krista Collins, and Edwinta Jenkins (the interviewers and coordinator from TERRIFIC Inc.).

Thursday, June 02, 2016

PGCC graduation happiness 2016

I recently photographed the graduation ceremonies at Prince Georges Community College, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Joy and success to all.











Thursday, May 26, 2016

TERRIFIC Seniors : Dr. Aurora Delespin-Jones

I recently photographed Dr. Aurora Delespin-Jones as part of a series on our community's seniors I am doing in collaboration with TERRIFIC Inc.





Many thanks to Dr. Delespin-Jones, Joseph McCarley (the interviewer from TERRIFIC Inc.), and to my intern from Burke School, Charlotte Yang.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

American Investigations DC | Smokey's Cuts, Nail Snob, and the Shrimp Boat

Smokey's Cuts and Nail Snob are adjacent businesses in the 2900 block of Minnesota Avenue SE, and the Shrimp Boat is a landmark icon on the corner of Benning Road and East Capital Street NE, in Washington DC.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Horns at Rest (trumpet & saxophone)

Outtake from a recent assignment.

American Investigations | Kennedy Street NW DC/Petworth

These three building fronts - Rocket Liquor, the Washington Sun newspaper, and Eshet Injera Bakery, are all in the 800 and 900 block of Kennedy Street NW, in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC.



Monday, May 09, 2016

Small steps: Mid-East peace progress | Washington Institute for Near East Policy

A photograph I made  for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy of Prince Turki bin Faisal, Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief and one-time ambassador to Washington, and retired IDF Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, former national security advisor of Israel. The two nations do not recognize one another. So, this handshake and public discussion mattered. Steps towards peace. Slow, but steps. 

Thanks to Jeff Rubin of the Institute for the assignment, and his confidence in my work.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

TERRIFIC seniors. Wisdom in DC

Portraits of Dr. Enitan Osunkoya, Ms. Jane Johnson, and Ms. Jean Meall, all of Washington DC.

These images are made as part of a series on our community's seniors I am doing in collaboration with TERRIFIC Inc.








ECDC banquet

I recently photographed the reception and banquet for the Ethiopian Community Development Council. Award-winng Malian musician Cheick Hamala Diabate  and his band provided the entertainment.

The whole world dancing. Peace and happiness. As it should be.

















Thanks to Dr. Tsehaye Teferra and Allene Wright of ECDC.