There was a big difference in the number of people on the National Mall for the 50th Anniversary compared to the original March. One expectation was for 100,000 people with later reports that 20,000 attended. Hundreds of thousands attended the original event in 1963.
It rained and when it started some stayed and some decided to leave. Others had decided early that they would not be there because of crowds and other reasons.
I was surprised at how few people were on the Mall despite the rain. I think about the struggle and what people went through for advancement. Some even had water hoses turned on them and that did not turn them around. Every person had the right to be there or not be there for whatever reason.
How important do you think the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington was? Is the number of people who attended a reflection of its importance?
Why did you go or not go?
View of Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial
People lining up to go through security checkpoint to get into secured area closer to the Lincoln Memorial. There was no need to rope off the line as few people were nearby.
Friends sitting under umbrellas enjoying laugh at March on Washington
Engagement pictures for a fun couple. I was trying to think of a pose for them on the floor so I suggested this children’s game but had no idea they were experts at it. They played for about 20 minutes it seemed. Truly a fun couple who enjoy each other’s company.
Question? What is the name of this hand game? Is it Patty Cakes, Pat-A-Cake, or something else?
A program honoring the work of Mary McLeod Bethune took place in Washington, DC. on July 10th. The event as held at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church followed by a gathering a the Mary McLeod Bethune statue in Lincoln Park.
Groups co-hosting the event included the National Park Service, The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, Bethune-Cookman University Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ida Jones, author of ”Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C.: Activism and Education in Logan Circle”
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that eventually became Bethune-Cookman …Wikipedia
Artscape is always a wonderful occasion in Baltimore. This year I arrived on Saturday late in the evening. The sun was still up and it was hot. Hungry, I stood in line for a polish sausage with peppers and onions that looked and smelled much better than it tasted. Next I went for a funnel cake which was great but huge. I ate a third of it.
The festival was well attended but not packed as it had been in previous years. People were enjoying themselves. I went to the main stage and observed the huge crowd that was enjoying the music and relaxing. I started taking pictures
Then out of nowhere came a rude sudden downpour that had us scattering for shelter. Some of us gathered beside a building that had an overhead that kept most of the rain off of us. The blowing winds caused us to get wet anyway.
Suddenly there was theatre in front of me as I watched people deal with the rain for about 15-20 minutes. When the show was over I grabbed a used plastic bag from the ground to protect my camera bag and headed out.
I thought it was worth the trip to be there to capture these images.
Looking to forward to next year and more Artscape.
Photoshoot with Washington, DC model Donte Newman.
Donte Newman is a hard-working DC model. He was born and raised in Washington and is a proud graduate of Ballou High School.
This was the third time Donte and I worked together. The previous two shoots were studio shoots done totally with strobe lights. I wanted something different and decided to move away from flash and work with natural lighting.
The shirt that Donte is wearing is a black and white knit one that I have had in my closet for about 20 years. I like the shirt but I had never won it because after buying it I never thought it looked right on me. I had even suggested it to a few models before but they just were not feeling it. The shirt has to be at least 2 decades old as I purchased it from Woodward & Lothrop – a Washington, DC department store that closed in 1995. Donte liked the shirt and decided to wear it with some jeans. It was a good look.
When reviewing the pictures it seemed that they called for Black and White versus color. This is one of the occasions where I thought color would definitely get in the way.
I think Donte rocked the shirt. Maybe one day I might even wear it myself.
Friends and family gathered in a local hotel for a bridal shower for Courtney in honor of her upcoming wedding. I was the photographer for the occasion. Not far from where the shower took place was a beautiful setting with great lighting, a beautiful red couch, and nice texture on the walls and floor – the perfect spot for family portraits.
I seized the opportunity to take more formal pictures of the bride-to-be, her mother, aunt, the bridesmaids and flower girls while the shower was going on. Towards the end of the shower the soon-to-be groom and the fathers arrived and I was able to get pictures of the complete immediate family.
A good day – not only photographing the shower I had a chance to do some nice impromptu family portraits. Wonderful couple, great family! Wishing Courtney and Terence many years of happiness!