A photo essay of the ever changing Washington, DC.
Welcome to Washington
Our city is changing every day. Buildings are being torn down, new buildings are going up, homeowners are passing away and houses are changing owners. This blog is an effort to preserve our city for what it is at this point in time. My job takes me into all quadrants of the District. I wish to share the experiences and images of these neighborhoods with people that might not have a reason to see them.
Urban Exploration is a past time enjoyed by many city photographers. The act is to sneak into a private or public area that has been long left abandoned and photograph the remains. The remains take on a beauty of their own, like this exploration I did in an unsaid location.
When I first started documenting the city, most of the photos were taken from the passenger seat of my colleague's van. Being a one-time apt photography student, I was at first hesitant to publish the photos at all. The shot composure was rushed and thus the framing was not always compliant with the Rule of Thirds that had been so strongly ingrained into my mind. Even worse, the exposure was left to the decision of my camera's sometimes mistaken automatic meter, leaving the photos under and overexposed and depth of field up to luck.
However, as I began to form the idea behind the photo essay, these aspects became more advantageous than offensive. The rushed framing, the quick snap of the shutter before we accelerated through a yellow light, was only more of a reminder that the images I was documenting were in fact transient. The over and under exposure only seemed to heighten the already wonderfully imperfect aesthetics of the subjects I was documenting.
Although now I go on explorations of the city both on foot and by bike as well as by car, I try to stay true to the energy of the original photos. Granted I play more with the exposure and framing when I am not a slave to rules of the road, but stylistically I try to remain consistent.