One of the many things I love about my job with Adobe, is the opportunity to see so many different regions in both the US and Canada. Granted, I don't often have the time to do any site-seeing, but when I do get a few free hours, I try to make the most of it. This was the case recently, when I travelled to Washington to present at the NMC 2015 Summer Conference.
The evening weather was hot and sticky, but I made my way via hotel shuttle and the Metro, down to the National Mall, walking from the Smithsonian station, down to the Washington Monument, then on to the Lincoln Memorial.
I'm sure every image I've captured here has been captured before, thousands of times, but to be standing near these massive structures certainly pulled at my emotions. A sense of wonder, to be sure, and awe, to see these amazing works of beauty and construction. The passion, loss, hope and strength of my neighbours to the south impacted me deeply. I hope this shows in some small way in these images.
My first glimpse of this building was while landing at Reagan National Airport. I even managed to get a quick shot on my phone. At that moment, I promised myself to visit it if time permitted. Thankfully, it did!
Everywhere I went, an emotional chord was struck. Such beautiful designs, often to lament and remember such terrible tradgedies. You hear cliches every so often, like the "American Spirit". Walking these grounds, I felt that spirit, and it was no cliche.
The Washington Monument and the WWII Memorial were truly amazing, but the memorial to Lincoln was in many ways, heart stopping. The building and statue simply resonate strength and determination. Even amidst the gleeful chaos all around and within the building (there were hundreds of people, many of them teenagers and young children), I felt very sombre in my heart.
Technical note: Once inside the memorial and even later, outside, I was pushing my ISO anywhere from 1000 - 3200 just to get a reasonable exposure, and even then, I was often shooting at 1/20 - 1/50 of a second.
Aesthetic note: I opted to convert many of the the Lincoln shots to grayscale. The environment was pretty monochromatic (excluding the fashion choices of tourists, that is) and shifting to b/w added a certain gravitas to the images, in my opionion.