Lens-Artists Challenge: History

I’ve visited quite a few historic sites in my travels, but as impressive and important as they were, none spoke to me with quite the intensity expected. I must confess I’m not a big history buff so my excitement is somewhat limited. So I’ve decided to focus on something closer to home and to the issues of the day. I am sharing photos I took at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C. The museum opened in September of 2016, several years after we left D.C. to Los Angeles. But we got to visit it in 2017 during our first visit to D.C. since moving. Everybody had been raving about it and it lived up to all the built up expectations. It’s not only an architectural wonder, the exhibitions are impressive and all done with such sensitivity and good taste! Their photo and video collections are out of this world. You start your self-guided tour on the ground level and work your way through history, floor by floor. I’m only sharing photos of the historic part of the museum, which looks at African American history from slavery to the struggles of the civil rights movement and more recent events. The images are very powerful and beautiful. This part of American history is still especially relevant now, given the racial divide Americans have been witnessing in the past couple of years.

For Patti Moed’s Lens-Artists Challenge: History

285/365 – The Watergate

For October 14, 2017. We are spending a week in Washington, D.C., where we lived until 2011, before moving to Los Angeles. We decided to stay at The Watergate Hotel, on the water front. The hotel is part of the Watergate Complex, famous (or infamous) for the political scandals that led to Richard Nixon’s impeachment and resignation. Nixon resigned before the Senate could confirm his impeachment, already approved by the House of Representatives.