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Going through some old images, I found a couple of interesting images from my visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum back in 2017. Growing up in the Washington DC area, this museum was one of those that had a huge impact on me. I may have been too young, but I just remember being so scared of this museum. I think at that age, I probably did not know how to communicate what I was feeling and all those feelings just turned into fear. Ever since then, I sort of avoided the museum.

Fast forward to 2017 and growing up to be an adult, I can now appreciate the museum. If we’re just looking at it from an architectural standpoint, it is beautiful and so unique. My favorite are all the skylights in the entrance of the museum that lights up the main hallway.

From an educational standpoint, I think this museum does an amazing job of showing just how horrible this period of time was. There are so many images and artifacts that it’s difficult to leave the museum unscathed. So if you do plan on going, be warned that you won’t leave the same person.

My camera settings for this image are F6.3 at 1/500th sec and ISO 400 with my Sony A7II and 16-35mm.

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Doesn’t it seem like the days are going by so quickly now a days? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was at the Holocaust Museum but it was actually 2 weeks ago. I guess what they say is true. Time flies when you’re having fun. And when I think of it even more, I can’t believe almost half the year is already gone! Nuts-o.

Anyways, this image was taken on that day we visited the Holocaust Museum. It was an architectural tour which I really enjoyed. It was just a whole new way of looking at the museum. So we got divided up into small groups and were lead around 4 different parts of the museum as we talked about how the architecture represented different parts of the Holocaust. This particular image was taken outside at the 14th street entrance. Even if you google mapped it, you can see there’s a slight curvature that comes out of the building. Although that’s very cool all on it’s own, I thought showing it in the window reflection was even cooler. A whole new way of looking at it. I can imagine this to be a neat way to frame things if the sky was really dramatic.

The lesson that I learned from this image is to take your time and really exam the space that you’re in. You’ll be surprised by what you may find. Thanks to my friend, Zack who helped me out with this. So in recent photoshoots, I’ve been really trying to practice that. Also practicing the art of being present. I’m really resisting the urge to look at my cell phone while I’m out shooting, especially if I’m out with other people. Being present and aware of your surroundings can only help improve your images and quality of life.

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Obviously I had to go to the Natural History Museum in London to compare it to the one in DC. Overall impression, it was pretty cool. I’m not sure if it’s as big as the one in DC but there were a couple of differences that I enjoyed. For example, the main entrance was inspiring. The architecture, staircase, and dinosaur display was so cool. Is it weird that it reminded me of Harry Potter?