This Fourth of July will be different that any other. The Fourth of July has always been a special time when I’ve celebrated with family and friends. I remember growing up and having family get-togethers at Sportsman’s Park in Yakima and watching fireworks at the Selah Park. I’ve been lucky enough to spend the Fourth in Washington, DC four times. I’ve watched fireworks over the Capitol Mall … what a glorious experience. Our University of Washington college group (the Whizzies) have gotten together for the Fourth every year since the the mid 80’s. For the past 30+ years we have joined together at Sunriver Resort in Oregon. We have watched the Whizzy children grow up and have children of their own. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed all our lives but not our spirit. Though we will not physically get together, we will have a collective Zoom event to celebrate the Holiday and our friendship.
In these difficult times, let’s all take the time to reflect on what this special holiday represents. It is a time to be grateful for what others have given to insure our independence and freedom. It is a time to give back to our Country and peoples and to make our Nation stronger.
Let us not forget all those who have given their lives to give us the freedom that we now have. Let us look back in history and understand all the difficult situations we have encountered and faced as a nation. Let us remember what it took to overcome those times.
Our current situation with the Covid-19 virus is minor compared to what we have faced before. Yet we are fighting amongst ourselves on how to move forward. Rather than fight, let all of us focus on how we can move forward to assure a strong recovery and a safe environment. It will take patience, compromise, and sacrifice. But as many times before, we can do it!
“More Hats” Capitol Hill Eastern Market, Washington DC
Like I mentioned in an earlier post, hats were everywhere in the Market. They were different colors, different shapes, and different textures. A stacked set of colors and repeating lines caught my eye here. It was pure “eye candy”
Photographs by Xiong Tom Tan, Capital Art Capitol Hill Eastern Market, Washington DC
Every market also has its artists. The images of Xiong Tom Tan caught my interest. In particular, his images around the Capitol Mall area were beautiful. He photographs the area throughout the year. Several of his images were of the same scene taken from the same specific spot during the four seasons. The compilation of the images took several years to get them in the optimal light. We spent several minutes talking about his work and what it took to get what he was after. As always, I learn things from every photographer I talk with.
Thank you Tom for your insights!
Tom may be contacted at (703) 785-1488 or (703 995-0841.
In any market there are people entertaining, and people enjoying the day. I spent quite a while waiting for something to happen around the sax player before I released the shutter. This little guys face tells the story. And … the sax player was great. After I took the photo, I stood and peacefully listened for several songs. The setting sang to my heart.
I enjoy strolling around various places just looking around. If something catches my eye, I stop, look, and try to determine what attracted my attention to the scene. I then try tp compose an image to display that spark of interest. The shapes of the displayed masks plus the bright reds and whites caught my eye here.
During the next several posts, I will try to present the diversity of the Washington DC, Capitol Hill East Market.
Abstract 1: Barnet Newman’s “Achilles” – National Gallery of Art
Abstract 2: National Gallery of Art – East Wing, Exterior
Abstract 3: Volcanic Cliff
Simple lines of abstract art are intriguing. They can be found everywhere. Some are works created in art mediums (paintings, sculptures, etc.). Others are created by architectural forms. Still others are found in nature.
Abstract 1 is an oil painting created by Barnet Newman titled “Achilles”. I stood and looked at this piece for quite a long time. Rather than try to figure out “what it is meant to be”, I tried to focus on what feeling it brought out in me. The red made me feel a little anxious. I did not resonate with this piece.
Abstract 2 is a photograph of the exterior of the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art. I was walking along, looked up and saw these contrasting shapes of shadows and light. It just grabbed me.
Abstract 3 is a photograph of the sheer basalt cliffs cut by the Palouse River during the Ice Age Floods. Nature’s artwork stops me in my tracks. Sometimes I just do not want to leave. It instills me to think about how our would was formed and just enjoy the beauty of nature surrounding me.