March 25, 2009

DC @ 50mm

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexboerner @ 12:42 am


I went to the nation’s Capitol last weekend with Deborah for a quick trip to meet with friends Colleen and Noah Rosenblatt-Farrell. Colleen will be Deborah’s matron of honor at our wedding in May, and Noah is performing the marriage. We discovered that we all took a trip to Savannah, GA this same week last year, so it was decided that a tradition has been born. Next year it’ll be New York.

The last time I was in DC was around 1988. It was a road-trip to the east coast with the family. We had a Buick Roadmaster station wagon with full-on wood panel siding. If you listened closely, you could hear the song “Holiday Road” following us down the highway. I was 12, and needless to say, not a whole lot interested in the jewels to be found in this incredible city. Things were different for me this time around. Each museum is a giant treasure chest of World History. I only wish we had a few more days.

Both Noah and Colleen went to college in Georgetown and took us around to some spots off the beaten path. However, we did make time for a walk past the White House and an absolutely necessary visit to the National Art Gallery to see an exhibit of Robert Frank’s “The Americans.”

And, we ate REALLY well.

I also got to see some things I’ve never seen before, like the “Exorcist Steps,” and a guy masturbating in public under a bridge over Rock Creek Park. Kind of wish I could un-see that one, but it was memorable to say the least. He even was prepared with a small jar of vasoline. Noah saw that the masturbator had gotten a signal from another guy in the park indicating to him that he was being watched, and he pulled himself together. THAT was even more interesting.

The last few times I’ve traveled with no real agenda, I’ve just brought one camera with a 50 mm lens on it. It’s a nice break from using crappy zooms at work during the week, and the limitations are actually freeing in a sense that I don’t have to consider all the options that come with having an array of lenses. I find that I may have to work a little harder to get a photo, but I’m also more invested in it. And the results are usually more satisfying. I’ve taken that idea back to work with me as well, and I will go into certain assignments with only the 50mm.

I also noticed that, with a couple exceptions, most of these photos are heavy on composition, and light on moment or interaction. I guess that’s because a lot of them are quick, grab shots. But that’s fine with me. I guess it is a reflection of a quick trip.



Looking Down on A Public MasturbatorPublic Masturbator

dc_0103Photo Shoot at the Exorcist Steps



dc_0086Portrait of Noah Rosenblatt-Farrell





1 Comment »

  1. AL! It’s too bad it was a quick trip. We would have loved to see you. Although we’re still figuring things out with the baby. You and Deb are always welcome to come stay with us. Yeah we think the DC area is pretty cool, and you captured some of it, except for maybe the public masturbator.

    Comment by Tom G — March 27, 2009 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

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