I Love Gifts in the Mail: Thank You Michael Wilson and Jayme Stone “The Yo-Yo Ma of Banjo”


It was a great pleasure to host Cincinnatti’s finest Michael Wilson at Casa Teddy Roosevelt last winter (so happy to call it LAST winter now!).  He was in town working with Colorado-based banjoist, compositionist and instigator Jayme Stone who was creating an album of Allen Lomax collected tunes and Michael was photographing objects from the Lomax collection at the Library of Congress.


The album. Who doesn’t love a beloved analog object immortalized on film! Working in a museum has really increased my appreciation for the artifact.


If you like this kind of music which I do, very much so, you can download the album and liner notes digitally on Bandcamp and iTunes or order the CD from Borealis Records. The recording features 20 songs, 15 musicians, and a deluxe 60-page booklet with archival photos and detailed song notes. Have a look at Jayme’s upcoming tour dates and get your tickets for a show nearby. This is still very much a grassroots effort and your support of this music and your help speading the word makes a tangible and much appreciated difference.

“An essential album.” — FOLK ROOTS
“A transatlantic session with blood, guts, and grit.” — THE HERALD
“A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes.” — GEORGIA STRAIGHT


Thanks Jayme and Michael! It was a real treat to receive your mails.

Keith Jenkins General Manager for Digital Media at Nat Geo speaking at NOVA Alexandria Campus March 31

The NOVA Photography + Media Program at Alexandria is pleased to announce a special event on

Tuesday March 31st in the Bisdorf Auditorium Room AT196 at 7 pm.

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National Geographic’s Keith Jenkins will share his leading edge perspectives in a presentation on the future of digital media for photographers, videographers, editors, and anyone interested in our changing media landscape.

Keith Jenkins is the General Manager for Digital at National Geographic, where he oversees the Society’s online presence and staff. In the short time he has been at NGS, Jenkins and his team launched Proof, NGS’s photo blog, and helped grow Your Shot, NGS’s online photo site, into a thriving community.

Jenkins came to National Geographic from NPR.org, where he served as Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia.  Before NPR, he wore many hats at The Washington Post—staff photographer, photography editor, and Deputy Assistant Managing Editor for Photo.

Jenkins is a distinguished speaker on photography and multimedia. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

Jenkins has won numerous awards, including Emmys and Webbys. In  2007 Jenkins was the photo editor for The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series on Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has also won awards from World Press Photo, The White House News Photographers Association, and the National Press Photographer’s Association. Jenkins is a graduate of Brandeis University and Boston University School of Law.

For more information contact Page Carr by email lcarr@nvcc.edu

Or visit www.nova.edu/alexandria/visual/photo

PS Free parking in the DAWES Garage (they won’t tell you this, but it’s true so don’t accidentally pay)

If you’d like to listen to a recent lecture by Keith at Brown University click here.

Consumed featured in London Exhibit of Syngenta Photography Awards through April 10

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BBC Did a nice slideshow highlighting some of the works being shown in the Syngenta Photography Awards contest. This years theme was on Scarcity and Waste. Consumed is highlighted near the end of the slideshow. Thanks Syngenta and BBC! Congrats to Mustafa Abdulaziz! The show is on exhibit until April 10 in London.

Loves and Fears on BBC: Sitting Sat 2/14 12-3pm @Anacostia Arts Center

Did I mention I’m doing another Loves and Fears portrait sitting on Saturday Feb 14 1231 Good Hope Road SE from 12 -3?  Well I am, and I would love it if you’d show up ready to bare your soul and lend me your visage for a rollicking good time on a cold winter day.

The BBC recently featured the project in this video available here.


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Loves & Fears Shoot Sat Feb. 14 SE DC @ Anacostia Arts Center

Loves & Fears was on cam-er-rah @ BBC World News America Toinight on PBS a couple of nights ago and we are doing another shoot in Anacostia next Saturday Feb: 14 from 12-4, so please come and share the love and truth:

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Cry the Beloved Library!

My darling, my beautiful 1950’s mid-century municipal with integrity Cleveland Park Public Library is on the chopping block of the forces of redevelopment.  How I hate these forces! If you live in DC and have any interest, including in the redevelopment of the MLK Library downtown – come to this meeting and ask your questions, PLEASE.  We are killing our history! Take the FBI Building, no problem. You can tear down that Brutalist Christian Scientific on 16th and I, but for the love of country, leave us our Cleveland Park Library! and MLK!

Saturday February 7 at 1 PM in the Cleveland Park Library: DCPL Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will speak on a new vision for DCPL, additionally DCPL Director of Cap Projects Jeff Bonvechio will also be on hand at the annual meeting hosted by the Friends of Cleveland Park Library.

The Cleveland Park Library built in 1953, and a structure of historic and architectural integrity is slated for redevelopment. This will close down the library for a longer period of time than the scheduled renovation to put in an ADA compliant elevator and of course cost more money.

This is the time to ask questions and save a lovely historic structure from demolition in your neighborhood. This  building was designed by Municipal Architect Merrell A. Coe; the site of the library was purchased for $75,000 in 1945. The Connecticut Avenue Citizens Association raised $30,000, and the rest was appropriated by Congress. When it opened, the Cleveland Park branch, one of the first of the D.C. libraries to be designed in a spare, Modernist style, was one of the largest in the D.C. Public Library system. It’s really one of the few in it’s kind in DC and should be saved.  

I hope you will join me in bringing your questions and concerns on Sat Feb 7.


Susana Raab

Connecticut Ave NW

LAGOSPHOTO talent call 2015!

From the founders:

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LagosPhoto is on the lookout for photographers working in Africa and from the African Diaspora telling unique and interesting stories.

To get on our radar, send us 5 low res images (preferably from one project), project synopsis, your CV+ bio + date of birth to: outreach@lagosphotofestival.com

The subject line: Talent Call_your name

Submission policy: Due to the high volume of submissions, we will contact you if we are interested in working with you. We are interested in all genres of photography.

Get in touch!