Yesterday I photographed my first freelance assignment since leaving Politico. I had been worried that since the credentialing process had long since passed, I wouldn’t be able to get a gig covering the inauguration. It turns out that I didn’t need a credential to get a sweet assignment.
Sommer Mathis, a former colleague at TBD.com, called me on Friday and asked if I’d like to shoot an assignment for her at The Atlantic Cities. She wanted to show what it’s like to navigate Washington, DC on the morning of inauguration. I was more than excited to get the gig, as I had navigated DC on inauguration two times before.
The concept was to show what it feels like to make your way through the crowds and lines and what you see and feel along the way. Was it chaos like four years ago? Was it controlled? What was the mood of the city? What was the landscape like as you made your way through the streets to the parade route? She wasn’t worried about the parade or the inauguration itself, and she wanted the images by 11 am so they could go up before the swearing in took place. She also asked me to write a few paragraphs to accompany the photos and it’d be put up in a blog post and picture essay.
This was my favorite type of assignment, the kind where I follow my eyes and my instincts and make cool looking pictures. Here are a few selects from my take, and the link to the story is here: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2013/01/inauguration-2013-ballet-logistics/4445/