Being from Vermont, it's hard for me to not want to hug ALL THE TREES. Seriously, take me to the beautiful Rock Creek Park in DC and watch me have a hippie, gotta-take-my-shoes-off-and-frolic moment that'll leave me simultaneously grinning and reaching for my camera while I propose going on a grand hiking adventure. Goofy I know, but completely true; I just love nature. To celebrate Earth Day today (better late than never), I decided to share some casual photos I took while on a walk to the Tidal Basin to see the explosion of the beautiful cherry blossom trees two weeks ago.
One late afternoon I grabbed my Nikon D600 and a pair of modified medium format film cameras and hit the pavement; I trekked from Chinatown to the Tidal Basin, all the way around during sunset, then walked the long way home to Dupont past the White House. After 5 miles of walking, I wasn't electrified with any of the images, but I kept on. My problem is this: the cherry blossoms are gorgeous but with approximately 38,309 photographers at the Basin at the same time, I get overwhelmed with how many people are taking a version of the same photo. While I was trudging home late that night, I was struck by how quiet and beautiful the city was, and started noticing the cherry blossoms all over the city itself. Instead of just capturing the famous trees on the Mall, I decided to take photos of them at night in less expected places: next to federal offices, in the park across the street from the White House, and next to a parking garage. Here are a few I captured; I hope you like them for their simplicity and quietness, as I do.
I have a lot of projects going on that have me electrified, and I'm spending every waking moment (and there are few that I'm asleep for) studying photography like I'm in my end days. I can't seem to read and learn fast enough; I'm drinking in as much as I can by researching, reading PDN, working for other professional photographers, doing test shoots, and doing trial by fire, and still am thirsty for more. I'm shooting editorials consistently and have a bevy of private clients who I'm excited to have projects going with; from portraits made in traditional medium format film to studio portraiture to documentaries made with dramatic available light, I'm doing 14 things at once and love it.
So what does that entail? On any given day I'm toting my D600, a Mamiya RZ67 medium format camera (which is a tank and only takes 10 photos a roll, which I adore), modified Holgas, and my vintage clunker Canon A-1 35mm camera that can double as a heavy weapon in a dark alley. When I'm not shooting (which is only about 10% of my time) I'm building out my business infrastructure (hello accounting best practices!), putting together integrated marketing campaigns, sending invoices, applying to photo competitions and juried gallery shows, planning shoots, researching source material, and a whole laundry list of other professional photographer duties that leave me constantly energized and inspired. I'm a professional creative and feel so blessed.