IT’S HOT. Is anyone else sick of 100 degree, 100% humidity days? In D.C., it seems like lately all anyone can talk about is 1) how hot it is and 2) how to cool off. I’ve found myself this summer looking more and more for indoor activities instead of sweating it out outside. Luckily, D.C. has a fantastic art scene that allows for ample opportunities to check out creative pieces and revel in some lifesaving A/C at the same time.
This past Saturday, I had the chance to check out SYNTH SERIES 005: REVERB in downtown D.C. The installation was a part of SYNTH SERIES: THE INTERSECTION OF MUSIC, SPACE, & ARCHITECTURE, created by TOKI -a group of two recent architecture graduates who transform public spaces with their colorful, three dimensional expressions of music. A bit of personal backstory about this exhibit: last summer, I set out to visit SYNTH SERIES 002, which was set up in a vacant warehouse, only to find that someone had unexpectedly cut it down! So I was so thrilled to hear that TOKI was doing another installation this summer.
It’s really something you’ve got to check out in person to get the full sensory experience of the work, but I tried to capture a bit on camera.
This past weekend, I convinced my very nice and photogenic friends Karina and Max to be my models in a fun photo shoot around town. We went in search of some bright murals, and after a failed attempt to visit Storey Park in NoMa (padlocked when events aren’t going on, apparently!), we ended up back at one of my favorite DC spots, Union Market. After a lap around the market – which included a stop at Little Baby’s Ice Cream for perhaps the tastiest salty chocolate ice cream – we checked out some of the colorful art that decorates the outside walls of the market.
Taking advantage of the long weekend and the fact that my boyfriend, Griffin, is working in D.C. for the summer, we hopped in a car and drove down to Charlottesville for a few days of rest, relaxation and wine. I’m always amazed at just how many vineyards and wineries – not to mention cideries, distilleries and breweries! – there are in Virginia. And in this neck of the woods, you really can’t drive more than a few miles without passing one! We kicked off the weekend with a visit to Jefferson Vineyards, followed by a tour of the historic Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s former home. Day two was supposed to include a hike at Humpback Rock, but chilly, drizzly weather altered our plans a bit and we ended up checking out three more wine/cider spots instead – Albemarle Ciderworks, Pippin Hill Farms and King Family Vineyards. Tough back up plan, I know. Did I forget to mention the delicious Southern dinners we enjoyed at The Whiskey Jar and The Local? Needless to say, it was hard going back to the office on Tuesday.
My parents came to visit me this weekend. It’s always great when family comes into town – it makes DC feel a little more like home. It’s especially fun when my parents visit because they used to live in this area when they were first married. Each time they’re here, I love showing them around the city from my point of view, hearing their stories of DC life “back in the day” and comparing notes about how much has changed over the years.
Big, bold colors – not to mention bright, sunny weather – seemed to be a common theme of our activities this weekend. From the psychedelic neon light show at the M83/Tame Impala concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion (my parents are big fans!), to the colorful WONDER exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, to the vivid murals decorating the outside of Union Market, plenty of vibrant photo ops abounded. Living in a city that’s more often “concrete jungle” than “urban oasis,” my eye is always drawn to the pops of color that crop up around town.
First blog post on the new website, hooray! I’ll be using this site to showcase my photography, but also to get back into blogging (hit me up if you ever want to check out my amusing college and post-grad creative blogs). I thought I’d kick off my very first post with my recent trip to visit family in Ithaca, New York. We were up there to celebrate the life of my beloved grandfather, “Guamps,” who passed away in April. Though it was an emotional and difficult time – especially being in my grandparents’ house without Guamps’ laughter filling the rooms – it was nice to connect with my family and share so many wonderful stories and memories we’ve had with him. The last day I was there, the rainy weather finally lifted and my grandma, her new dog Rusty, my mom, sister and I took a walk around Taughannock Falls State Park. Rusty, in true Beagle fashion, was captivated by every twig/rock/leaf he came across and proved very challenging to photograph, but I managed to capture a few shots of him in action.