Today is my 44th birthday! Concurrently, it is Patriot Day in the United States which is the reason for patriotic colors in the photos. Certainly, half of the year has been a challenge. The pandemic lockdown drastically changed everyday life and work in 2020. However, I have used my photography to keep myself busy.
At first, I only had one assignment to capture this large American flag on the Tysons Tower. Since it was scheduled to only be up temporarily, I went out during different times during the day to see how it looked with different skies. With less foot and car traffic, it was a good way to social distance!
Additionally, I did not have as many other projects to work on. With this in mind, I could take more time to experiment. I went deep into the equipment bag to try gear I normally do not bring with me to expand my skills. As can be seen, I expanded my self-assignment to include other patriotic colors on other buildings. They make for a nice collection!
This 2019 Lumen Rooftop shoot was done for the Tysons Partnership. Because their mission is to coordinate efforts among partners to guide the development of the area, these would work nicely for them. From the top, you have a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
2019 Lumen Rooftop
While I have been making images for years in Tysons, this was a perspective that did not exist previously. From here I could see Tysons Corner Center where I photographed so many events from the Plaza. Additionally, you can see the Arthur Murray in Tysons and the McLean Hilton where I base the majority of my ballroom dance shoots. Overall it was a privilege to have this kind of access. Thanks to Rob from HOAR Construction who escorted us to the unfinished rooftop! Additionally thanks to the Tysons Partnership for reaching out and initiating this project.
A couple of weeks ago, TEDxTysons asked if I could make some photos of the State Theater for them. Similarly to the very first shoot, I ever did for them, Ashwood and I met at the venue for their upcoming main event. In contrast to the soaring heights of a tall commercial building, we were at the State Theater in Falls Church.
While we were on site, we had the stage managers set the lighting. As can be seen here, the saturated red and purple colors flooded the stage as they will during their event. With this in mind, these images would be used as teasers for ‘Legacy’ scheduled for this coming November.
State Theater – Exterior
Outside, the theater set the lettering on the marquee saying that the show was sold out. Afterwards, I had retouchers change this to have the date of the show. Thus same images can be used for 2 different uses! This was a fun project to work on. I hope it works to pack the house in November – join us!