Flashback post: March 2014. This was my first time visiting the new Anacostia Arts Center in S.E., D.C. I came to capture some videos and photos of the event for my good friend “Mr. Briggs”. I ended up meeting several great people that night, whom I still keep in contact with and have developed great partnerships with. This was my second time hearing several of the “queens” that night (i.e., Tamika Love Jones & Violet Marley), but a first hearing Maimouna Youssef. I was intrigued by her delivery, vocals and lyrics; particularly her cover for Lorde’s “Royals.” Her version is re-entitled “We’re Already Royal” (Check out the video)! What an empowering woman, great singer, writer, and lyricist.
I love doing meaningful work! I rarely consider photography “work”, but occasionally it requires long hours, lots of sweat, patience and stamina. I love events that don’t feel like a “job”, and this was another one! The Ward 8 Arts and Culture Council sponsors many cultural events in Washington, D.C. in an effort to promote cultural awareness through the arts. On this particular Wednesday, we were able to explore the works of a family of local artists and create masterpieces of our own. All of the events are kid and family-friendly. So art and water it was; no wine. Gateway DC features movies, live music, vendors, food, art and fun for the community. It’s always great to work with and around great people who are just as passionate about what they do as I am.