1. How did you get involved in photography?
My father was an avid amateur photographer and I caught the bug from him at a very early age.
2. When did you get your first camera and what do you remember about it?
My first camera was a simple point and shoot with no controls. I was 8 years old. When I my first roll came back, all the images were blurred. No one had bothered to tell me to hold the camera steady while snapping the shutter. That was my first lesson.
3. Why are you in Washington D.C.?
With my interest in politics, history and art, Washington was a natural choice. I live within an easy walk of the Capitol and the White House and just across the street from the Smithsonian. With its embassies and multi-ethnic population, the city is a culturally diverse place. It is also a top tier sports town. I also grew up on the East Coast and have family connections in the area.
4. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?
I have always had an interest in politics. Washington is the capital city of the most powerful and influential country in the world. In that sense, it is the center of the world.
5. What is your favorite thing to photograph in DC?
I most enjoy taking pictures on Capitol Hill where I have a front row seat to history in the making.
6. What is the coolest thing you’ve had a chance to photograph?
One evening while watching a baseball game on TV, a loud cheer erupted from the stands for seemingly no apparent reason. That was when I first found out that Bin Laden had been killed. I grabbed my camera and headed on foot to the White House shortly before midnight and was on hand to capture a wonderful spontaneous celebration in front of the North Gate.
7. What are you thinking when you photograph protests/protestors?
Free speech, and the right to peaceful protest and assembly as guaranteed by the First Amendment, is our most coveted right. Naturally, our capital city has become a central focus for many protest movements. Many people feel they have something important to say and need to be heard, so they take their message to the streets. They often elicit strong passions pro and con. I have that ability to amplify their voice with my camera and bring their message to others. Protest rallies also generate interesting photographs. Protestors are provocative and their signs can be extremely creative.
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