Archive for the ‘Washington DC’ Category

AIDS Quilt

Friday, December 1st, 2017

..August 1996.. ..Washington, DC..

The AIDS Quilt when it was shown on the National Mall in Washington, DC. It was unbelievably sad to see how massive it was. Each quilt was made for a person who has passed away from AIDS. The quilt was laid from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. A large amount of space.

The AIDS Quilt is the largest piece of community art ever shown. I’m not sure if it’s been displayed since I saw it in Washington, DC in 1996. But the enormous size of the project demonstrates who serious a problem AIDS still is.

Woman Sitting in Front of the White House

Monday, January 25th, 2016

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..January 2016 The Woman outside the White House..

Earlier today Concepcion Picciotto, the woman who maintained a three decade long vigil in front of the White House protesting the use of nuclear weapons, passed away.

I’ve seen her sitting in snow up to her waist and sweating in the oppressive August humidity. She out lasted 4 Presidents who slept about 100 yards away in the Lincoln Bedroom inside a mansion called the White House. I’ve been carrying a business card she handed me the first time I met her. It has shoved into the corner of my camera bag for 19 years.

Just weeks before atomic bomb survivor Mrs. Hisayo Yamashita passed away in 2010, she had asked me to bring a large package of socks, gloves and blankets from Japan to Mrs. Picciotto in Washington, DC.

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Cherry Blossom Festival for Japan Times

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

..March 2012.. ..Washington, DC..

A link to the Japan Times featuring my photos from the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120313a1.html

The AIDS Quilt

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

..August 1996.. ..Washington, DC..

The AIDS Quilt when it was shown on the National Mall in Washington, DC. It was unbelievably sad to see how massive it was. Each quilt was made for a person who has passed away from AIDS. The quilt was laid from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. A large amount of space.

The AIDS Quilt is the largest piece of community art ever shown. I’m not sure if it’s been displayed since I saw it in Washington, DC in 1996. But the enormous size of the project demonstrates who serious a problem AIDS still is.

The Woman Sitting in Front of the White House

Friday, October 14th, 2011

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..March 2008 The Woman outside the White House..

When I was attending university I used to photograph a woman who sat in front of the White House protesting the use of nuclear weapons. The last time I saw her was 11 years ago, 1997. She has been holding a 24 hour a day vigil on the street since 1980. Only leaving briefly to go to the bathroom, sleeping on 2 blankets, and a pillow on top of a large wooden mattress, no matter the elements.

I’ve seen her sitting in snow up to her waist and sweating in the oppressive August humidity. She out lasted 4 Presidents who slept about 100 yards away in the Lincoln Bedroom inside a mansion called the White House.

I’ve been carrying a business card she handed me the first time I met her. It was shoved into the corner of my camera bag for 11 years. I wonder if she’s still sits there? I can’t imagine being as devoted to give up my entire life for a cause. 1980 was 28 years ago. She has been sitting out there 3/4 of my life. In that time I’ve seen the birth of my sister, experienced my parents divorce, graduated from college, started my career, traveled around the world twice, and seen the birth of my niece.

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I haven’t been to Washington, DC in many years. I wonder if she is still sitting in front of the White House? I wonder if she’s still alive? I thought about her while I was photographing Hibakusha in Nagasaki last fall. When I was sitting in my hotel room one block away from the epi-center, I thought of my friendship with her from 1995-1998. Is she still sitting out there?