Do What You Want And Don’t Get In Others’ Ways

I feel that today, (gay) Pride festivities celebrate simple human rights for freedom to be who they actually are. Prude or easy, homo or heterosexual, whatever as long as you don’t shove your belief into other people’s throats (like Christianity tried the day of the parade) nor harm the members of the society/break any laws.

Lots of expected, but still entertaining things happened both days and regardless of how wild people were unlike their regular day to day basis, seeing so many open-minded and socially free people was awesome.

Members of the force were nice to see being a part of this community, especially in DC given all the stereotypes about being assholes and power-hungry bullies.

Frankly, if it wasn’t for uniforms these 2 days, you wouldn’t tell them apart from the rest of the crowd.

Next up, of course, came religious preachers with their masked hate or perhaps jealousy of not being able to set themselves free in a real lifetime. The crowds did their best to protest peacefully AND get their message across, as follows:

And some were just plain old creative:

And as we say these days- haters gonna hate.

Other than that, the parade was very colorful and awesome, and I did manage to get some nice shots given my crappy spot in the crowd.

Check my Facebook page for the full albums.


Two of 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners Rodrigo Abd and Javier Manzano at the Newseum.


Last night, Newseum had 2 of the 2013 Pulitzer prize winners, Rodrigo Abd (center) and Javier Manzano (right), tell their stories of how they won the prize in their respective categories and about their experiences while reporting in Syria.


Rodrigo found out that he won from his boss, while Javier found out from his roomate/Facebook.

Both of them said that while it is a great honor and an accomplishment, winning Pulitzer will not affect how they will continue to do their work despite increased attention. The best response to one audience question as how to take a winning photograph- no one really knows whether they would win or not, and this award is probably the last thing on your mind when you take photographs. It’s kind of like winning a lottery, but through hard work and dedication to what you do.

Their stories about Syria were similar and such experiences always take a toll on someone who depicts them. Opening the world’s eyes to brutal reality, while an extremely noble cause, is also a heavy burden since the journalist has to partially live through the stories that they cover and through experiences of everyone around them all at once. Taking certain photos, such as inside hospitals or during funerals, isn’t the easiest thing to do either since you’re living through others’ tragedies then and there with them.

The whole event was excellent, and was covered by several media as well as recorded live.


Javier telling some of his stories about Syria.


Rodrigo taking a shot of the audience while Javier sips a coffee at the very end.


One of Rodrigo’s shots that is already featured in Newseum’s Pulitzer exhibit.

Heavy (Looking) Snow at the End of March

Weather has really been PMSing lately, but that provided a couple decent snaps and that’s always welcome in my book.

This one as well as the next were taken in the middle of the night. Gotta love how much RAW format stores and how much you can post-process afterwards, right?