I love fire. Not so much for its consumptive or destructive nature (although that deserves fascination and respect), but more for its fluidity, its continuous reinvention of itself, its ever changing color and its ability to synthesize seemingly disparate qualities. It is formless form. And watching it — even while your brain screams “danger” — the flickering dance of its flames seduces you and draws you into it’s trance.
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I love projection art. The motion of color being painted onto huge canvases of concrete and brick — all in real time and all in front of your eyes. It too is formless form. And despite knowing that is is merely projected phantoms, you are nevertheless drawn toward the light. Continue reading
Friday evening brought the opening of Artomatic 2017 to Crystal City in Arlington, and with it another fire spinning performance… and you know I cannot resist fire. Continue reading
When you cannot find anything interesting on the streets during a photo walk, look through the glass at the other side. Continue reading
Saturday was Art All Night DC—my fifth AAN and my third year as coordinator of photography. Look for new blog posts about Art All Night coming in the next several days.
Hula dancing with projections at Art All Night DC 2016, H Street
The emotional contrast between Saturday and Sunday was striking. Saturday was the Capital Pride Parade–outrageous, outlandish and festive (very, very festive). The only discordance I heard on Saturday was in regards to the degree to which the parade has become commercialized and, I must concur that the “green” stripe in the rainbow flag seems to grow larger every year. The parade drew to a close, my gay friends partied and I went home for a more peaceful night. But then came the news from Orlando. Continue reading
Rain drops, car lights, a window pane (with a little dirt) and the processes of refraction and reflection combine to form a series of kaleidoscopic images. Click any pic to view the full set of 10 images.
Carnival sideshows can be fascinating, comical, risqué, and thrilling. Carnival sideshows can also be icky, gross or slightly twisted. The second annual Side Yards sideshow extravaganza included a little bit of it all. (Click any image to enlarge and scroll through the show.)
waiting in the wings
Vaudoux Aerial Dance Theatre at Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC