I have always kept a separate blog for photography. I haven’t been posting to it, mainly because a few scurrilous folks were stealing my stuff. Not that it’s a big deal, but I am niggardly with my work, unless you ask. In any event, I’ve decided to stop separating the photography from the writing. The main reason is that it’s too much work.
However, the other reason is that it’s an artificial separation. My photography often ends up in my writing. Similarly, more than a few poems were inspired by things I’ve seen and photographed. It’s not by chance that I often have photos that fit the mood of the post I’m writing. The same brain that finds the photos does the writing.
I rarely plan my photos. Other than a few friends who wanted me to photograph their kids, I don’t take portraits, and rarely take family photos. My love is, and always has been, street photography. I’m a city kid, and my art is too. My favorite local place to shoot is the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Ave., in Washington, D.C. There is always something going on there, and even when there isn’t, photography or life is. Maybe one day I’ll write a series of short pieces that take place there.
In the interim, here are this week’s top shots, featuring a rambunctious protest of Egyptian President Morsi (Mursi).
The one person who was not there was Connie Picciotto, who has staged a continuous protest across from the White House (in Lafayette Park) since 1981. I’ve heard she was injured recently. Also, there was construction on 16th Street for some White House event. In any case, the place felt empty without her mostly silent vigil. Here’s my shot of Connie from a few years back.