Top Photo by Matt Dunn, Bottom Photo by Aziz Yazdani.
Recently, Mike Hicks was supposed to take an afternoon flight out of LaGuardia International Airport. What initially promised to be an hour’s wait at the gate turned into an all-nighter at the terminal, as flights everywhere were subject to delays and cancellations and the area hotels filled to capacity with stranded travelers. Stuck at the airport with his luggage and a camera, he made this multimedia piece about waiting for a flight that never shows up.
On Saturday night the Edgewood Arts Building in Brookland, DC is hosting a “Slideluck” potluck showcasing a body of work from 21 different photographers, including myself, curated by Prime Collective’s Lance Rosenfield from a pool of applicants. The event begins at 7pm with the grub (bring a dish or $5 suggested donation) and then everyone’s presentation begins at 9pm. My particular piece is a collection of portraits from a Syrian refugee camp at Azraq, Amman, Iraq al Amir, Petra and various other cities throughout Jordan. In May of this year, the U.S. Department of State and Embassy of Jordan hired me to conduct street photography workshops throughout the country.
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/258943404305160/
WHERE: Edgewood Arts Building, 3415 8th Street NE, Washington, DC, 20017. Get off at the Brookland/Catholic University stop on the Metro’s Red line.
WHEN: Potluck 7pm, slideshows start 9pm
WHO: Monique Atherton, Steven Bernacki, Dominic Bracco II, Ken Cedeno, Gabriella Demczuk, Christopher Gregory, Brett Gundlock, Zenon Hernandez, Bradley Horn, T.J. Kirkpatrick, Serli Lala, Lise Metzger, Robin Moore, Jenny Nichols, Kerry Payne, Ed Pfueller, Jenna Pfueller, Irene Rojas, Ron Toole, Jay Westcott, Joshua Yospyn
Make sure to say hello! Other STRATA photographers will be there as well to enjoy the show. This is always a fun event.
30 years ago I went to my first punk show in the DC area. It was Naked Raygun, TSOL, MIA, Government Issue and the Cereal Killers at WUST Hall (now the new 9:30 club location on 9th and V Sts.). Back then I didn’t have a camera nor the balls to photograph the bands, punks and skinheads at these shows, but I remembered the energy, the fun and the danger that swirled like a tornado at these events. For the last four years, I’ve been shooting the current hardcore and punk scene in DC and Baltimore which has been making waves in our area and beyond, just look at how many people come out and travel for the yearly Damaged City festival. It’s pretty amazing to bump into people from Brazil, Sweden, the UK, California, etc.
I have now collected some of my best and most interesting photos into a book entitled Suspect Device. The goal of presenting these images is to recreate the same feelings, energy and chaos I felt as a fourteen-year-old at my first shows. This is not just about the bands, it’s also about the kind of people who are attracted to this underground lifestyle.
I am fortunate enough to have Alec MacKaye write the forward for it. I asked Alec to do it because he’s a great writer and also he was there at the beginning when harDCore started. I thought it would be interesting to get his take on a scene that is now more than 30 years old and still going strong. He did a fantastic job.
The image in this post is the book’s cover. It is published by Empty Stretch, a photo book company from DC which has been breaking lots of ground in the art photography world lately. The first run is 100 copies and we will be having a release party for it at Hill and Dale Records on June 21 from 8-11 p.m. which coincides with a Govinda Gallery pop-up show entitled East Coast Rock & Roll Photography 2014 featuring a number of other photographers, including myself. The pre-order for Suspect Device has sold out but there will be 20 copies available at the book release at Hill and Dale Records.
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Time: 8 – 11 p.m.
Where: Hill & Dale Records, 1054 31st St NW, Washington, D.C. (map)
Featuring performances by Boardroom Heroes, Jonny Grave, and Drew Champion. And, the photography of Emily Assiran, Julianna Clarke, Andy DelGiudice, Jessica Flynn, Vivienne Foster, Sarja Hasan, Nicholas Karlin, Jordan Swartz, and Clarissa Villondo.
Facebook Event Link – https://www.facebook.com/events/295057294005162/
Coast to Coast Pride. STRATA attended events in DC and LA.
STRATA member and Leica Akademie instructor, Aziz Yazdani will be hosting a Leica Street Photography weekend workshop alongside guest photographer Richard Bram from In-Public this upcoming weekend in Washington, DC. There are still a couple of spots still open.
For more information about the workshop, please visit the following website or contact the Leica Store DC at (202) 787-5900.