I recently read an article about a photographer named Richard Prince. "Rephotography" was a term he coined for his style in the late 70s and early 80s in which he photographed all or portions of commercial advertisements and photographs. I'm sure video stills qualify as a form of rephotography.


17th St Christmas Lights

Apartment dwellers on 17th St NW do their part to decorate the community for the holidays.

Growing Panes

I hitched a ride with some friends to the Building Museum. It is always an awe inspiring site. This time I noticed that the higher up in floors you are the more modern the construction techniques become. The ground floor has columns in the first and ionic style, the ceiling may have been taken from a steel mill.


Holiday People Watching

Flying out of the Orlando Airport during the wee hours of the morning offers some interesting people watching. People watching is what I did until my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew got through airport security to join me. We ate left-over turkey until it was time for them to go to there gate and me to mine.


A Dog's Dog

This is my sister Patti's dog, Casper Addison. His nick-name is "Fat Boy." He gets so happy when you give him attention that he wiggles in circles and whines with happiness. He is so fat that he has a fat nodule on one side of his stomach. One day his fat nodule might grow four legs and a head and become another dog altogether. For Christmas my sister got him a plush chew toy that makes Kung Fu sounds when you squeeze it.


Christmas Passed

Christmas is great for bringing back memories. Maybe this is the real reason we create and hold traditions. My great-niece Michelle got a four-wheeler from my sister (her grandma) today for Christmas. It reminded me of my fifth or sixth Christmas when my dad got me a three-wheeler. I remember finding a map on the tree Christmas night. That map was a clue that led to another and another until we ended up in the barn, my three-wheeler was hidden inside of a hollow stack of hay bales. I also remember being disappointed with my father's gifts on later Christmases. I might regret my disappointment now if I thought it made a difference.

Christmas Eve Omen?

Taira, my niece took me to karaoke on Christmas Eve. When we stopped at the gas station I wondered if the burnt out light was a bad omen.

When we got to the bar called Fox Crossing and joined in the merriment I knew this was a great place to be on Christmas Eve.


Rainy Day Woman

Before I left DC for my short Christmas vacation to see my family in Florida everyone was saying how lucky I was to get away from the cold and snow of the District. I told them that Florida itself was having record low temperatures. Today I went shopping with my niece. I wore a short-sleeved shirt in the temperate rain. Yesterday my mom told me to put a jacket on and it was in the 60s.


First Hair Cut

Me, my mom, my sister-in-law, and my nephew all went to the barber today. For my nephew who is nearly 2, it was his first haircut. It was my first trip to the barber in approximately 3 years, maybe more. (I usually just buzz it off myself.)

La Jette

Here we are in the reflection of the skylight at Orlando International Airport. By "we" I mean me, one of my sisters, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my nephew. We are one of the dysfunctional families that both legend and movies are based on.


End of the Semester Projects

Monday was the last day of the semester. Adam was out in the school's parking lot carving through a decent-sized tree trunk with an electric chainsaw. It's the first step in shaping before he goes at it with chisels. Even though classes have stopped, for serious artists the work doesn't.


CVS Security Cam

I went out to walk around tonight during the first snow of the DC Winter. Me and my friend Don stopped into CVS in the middle of the flurry. The security camera allows you to greet yourself on the way in. If WalMart catches on to self-hosting there will be a lot of old people out of a job.

Self-Portrait in the Bathroom

I took this photo in January 2000 in the Mojave Desert during a large training exercise I participated in and covered called the Combined-Arms Exercise or "CAX." This photo (which has to be the coolest self-portrait I have ever taken) had recently been hanging in my bathroom behind the toilet. Yesterday I decided to stay home and clean up some old stuff, so my photo choices consisted of this or a pan of fried rice.


Having a Well Season

I was already on my way to comatose when the Swing's Christmas party started. It seemed like I did something out of order that made me uncomfortable the entire night. By "out of order" I'm not referring to hurt feelings or belligerence; I'm talking about drinking 4 eggnogs after several rum and Cokes. Enough second-hand smoke materialized in my lungs to give a giraffe a sore throat. After several performances by Frank, Swing's electrician/magician, I made a fan out of a fork and a Styrofoam plate. Someone called me Cleopatra because of it. Instead of acting out (with at least violent words) against the remark, I was too tired to care. The atmosphere was perfect at the Xchange Saloon. My final drowsy moments (before staggering through the crowd and out the door) were submerged in a Charles Dickens underworld. I believe this illusion was created by both Frank the Magician and the eggnog.


My View from a Window

This is my own variation of the first photograph which was a heliograph by Nicephore Niepce made in 1827, and entitled "View from his Window at Le Gras." I am doing some last minute studying for a History of Photography Final Exam I have this morning.


Friends in High IT Places

This is Kurt taking a look at my laptop. I mentioned I had a display problem and he said I could bring it in and he would look at it. Since it is no longer under warranty "look at it" can also mean remove panels and poke at computer innards marked "Warning: High Voltage" with a small screwdriver. "Hey that thing says 'High Voltage,'" I said. Kurt assured me the sticker was only there to ward off any attempts at home repair. In a very short time Kurt found that his earlier diagnosis of a faulty video cable was correct. He was sure it was the video cable, but mentioned that it might also be the circuit board right next to it marked "High Voltage."


Signs of Mid-Life Crisis

The monitor to my laptop is acting crazy making it hard to view anything. As a result I watched part of a Charles Shultz cartoon last night. Mostly to practice taking screen shots with my camera. During a commercial break I was both saddened for him but happy for the health of the World, when I realized that Ronald McDonald might be going through a difficult time.


Computer Problems

My computer is having some type of display error. This makes it more difficult to use. I put up two new sections in my portfolio, photo stories and photo essays. The pages still need some work. It's the first time I've ever done any web-related work this in depth. I'm still working on it.


French Fries

The less oil you have, the harder it is to make french fries.


This weekend the Christmas Season has brought a load of tourists into DC. Also, today is the onset of our coldest weather this season. The weathermen all warn us of a weather front of "Canadian Air." (That's when we need to be outside breathing.) There is a chance it might snow by next weekend.



These are two officers from the Fire Department of New York. A firefighter from their station was also a reservist recently killed in Iraq. They were on their way to bury him at Arlington National Cemetery. They asked me if there was a bakery nearby. With no irony intended, I told them Firehook Bakery up 17th St NW was the closest.


Class Class Class

This is Ryan, Andy, and Chris in our Theories of Art class early Thursday morning. We have the same photojournalism class later Thursday night. Tonight, me and Andy (among others) headed to the Senate Press Photographers' Christmas Party at the U.S. Capitol Building. We met numerous "numero uno" photographers.



I just received a copy of Rangefinder Magazine in the mail. There is an article in the magazine that is mainly about my time as a photojournalist in the Marine Corps. It's the first article I've ever had written about me. There are some facts in the article that are slightly inaccurate [aircraft classification, technical details, etc.] and the writing seems to embellish because of the amount of time it compresses. Overall, the article is honest and the pictures look great in the online article and even better in the magazine.


A Type of Neurology

Ed is an inspector for Verizon. What I thought were sewers beneath G St, actually resembled a snake pit. Hundreds and thousands of cables and conduits carrying electric and information are packed under the streets. When the manhole cover is lifted there is only enough of a narrow path for Ed to climb through while inspecting subterranean communication lines.

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Homeless from Tokyo

This is Deru, a Japanese immigrant whose hometown is about 30 minutes north of Tokyo. He can't speak English well at all, maybe a few words. This may or may not be one of the reasons he sits on the bench and talks to himself.


Sweeping Under Scott Circle

A man wears a tee-shirt around his head while he sweeps asphalt debris at a construction site under Scott Circle.


Goldie's Affordable Pitchers

I took this picture of Chad yesterday. He was in Goldie's Italian near 17th and G St NW, drinking a pitcher of India Pale Ale. He said the pitcher cost him a mere $6.

Flexing for Florida

Rick and his roommates had a party tonight. It seemed to split itself into musical genres. I ended up in the room of talking. This is Jamie and Rick flexing to show the strength of the University of Florida's Gator Football Program. Florida is also their alma mater. This may be the orchestration of some type of secret alumni handshake.



"Enjoy the sun-shiny day my special friend," rings from his cart after every purchase, even if it's raining. Najeeb runs the cart on the north side of 17th and Pennsylvania Ave NW, by the White House. He's from Kandahar, Afghanistan. (I knew that for a while.) Today I was walking by and was surprised to find that my friend Najeeb was not yet a United States citizen. His reading material, "Practice for the U.S. Citizenship and Legalization of Status Test," gave it away. He has lived in the DC area for nearly fourteen years, and has been providing his sidewalk vending service for twelve years. "In this very same spot," he said. He left Kandahar after high school because of the fighting and violence caused by the "Soviet Disruption." Najeeb told me, "I like working here and the people are like family."


Slim Jim

These cops didn't want me to take this picture. That would be like me asking them to waive my ticket after a high-speed chase. For the record, several years ago I locked me and my mom out of a running rental car in the parking lot of a hot dog shop. Who bailed me out? The cops.


Call Me Ishmael

This is Ishmael. My friend Adam introduced me to him today. He is a native Moroccan but homeless on the sidewalks of Washington DC. He lives in Rawlings Park, a duck park by the Corcoran Gallery. According to Adam, Ishmael also spent a good part of his life drifting around Italy. He is a part of the photo essay I'm working on picturing immigrant and non-citizen homeless people in Washington DC.


Tiny Tim

This is one of my friends Peabody. He has recently been released from the hospital among other places. He had a very bad infection in his foot. It was caused by a shard of glass. Today was the first time I've seen him in weeks. I'm glad he is out and doing better.


Lion Man

Antonio Canova sculpted the lions that guard Pope Clement's tomb in Rome. The Corcoran Lions are copies of Canova's Lions, reproduced in 1860. I really like these lions, as I am sure a lot of visitors do. Their popularity may be apparent from the gift shop's apparel.



I bought this handmade kaleidoscope when I was driving through Central Pennsylvania a few years ago. Kaleidoscopes were invented by the Scotsman Sir David Brewster in 1816. The kaleidoscope was used as a special cinematographic effect in the early silent Russian film Man with a Movie Camera.

The Greek Taverna

Friday night I went to the Greek Taverna with some of my friends. We all ate one variety or the other of gyro. It is my mom's favorite place to eat in DC. Not only does The Greek Taverna have the best gyros in DC, they also have Saginaki -- Flaming Cheese!


Thanksgiving's Message

Native Americans no longer seem a politically correct symbol of Thanksgiving, even though it started out as a harvest celebration from American Indian culture. Today the historical context of the Thanksgiving tradition is easier forgotten than explained. Aside from eating, to today's individuals it marks the beginning of Christmas decorating.


Birds Above the White House

You'll have to take my word for it that these birds are above the White House. I walked over there today to see the concrete foundations they poured for the Inauguration platform. I recently updated some photos in my portfolio. That, you can see for yourself.


Peter L.

I saw this man fiddling with a flask in his jacket. I waved and the conversation started. Peter told me he was the president of the World Bank. He said they made him president because he was a general who won many wars. He said his hat was native to his home country the Ukraine. When he took his wallet out to offer me a dollar for taking his picture he also displayed an Anchor Mental Health identification card. I can at least be pretty sure he was Ukrainian from his accent. He is a real pleasant man and one of the many internationally vagrant persons in Washington DC.


Cleaner Capitol

Sandra, my dear friend since high school flew back to Chicago today. I think she'll have had a good time looking back, but we began to irritate each other. Over the past couple years DC has become my home, so every time she criticized it for its crappy metro ticket system, or bus fare machines that don't give change, or the incompatibility of the subway and bus payment systems I became defensive (even though I'm known to complain of the same things). She did say that our trains are cleaner and more comfortable, but at the same time couldn't believe people didn't drink coffee on their morning commute (no food or beverages on the trains). In Chicago they may eat breakfast on the train to work, but this is the U.S. Government's city and the government likes to keep a clean appearance. For instance, every time I see someone painting, or polishing brass fixtures I immediately think of sailors. One thing you can be sure of is that every single ship in the Navy's Fleet, at this very moment and always, is being painted. I swear.