Ballou High School Marching Knights for MC Saatchi /EOR Show Preview

Ballou High School Marching Knights February 2014

Ballou High School Marching Knights February 2014

After I got over the anxiety and procrastination to appropriately illustrate the concept teamwork: together we go further for MC Saatchi Paris (my first creative ad campaign! shot for a book/exhibit collaboration with MANY other talented photographers) – I ended up producing some new work.  I had a wonderful time with the great kids of Ballou High School Marching Band under the direction of Director extraordinaire Darrel Watson and team.  The kids really got into it and I’m posting a few rough outtakes here. Finding everything a bit cyan and magenta at the same time. Ouch.

ALSO I almost forgot this will be part of my exhibition opening July 11 @VividSolutions Gallery in the Anacostia Arts Center on Good Hope Road and MLK. It’s a ten minute walk from the Anacostia metro and will have libation and conversation to savor, guaranteed.  I will be barraging the webosphere with promotional this and that until then. Apologies in advance.

Also apologies if you think the below is kind of cheesy but Ivan is sooooooo great on the horn.


Ballou High School Marching Band, Washington, DC 2014

Ballou High School Marching Band, Washington, DC 2014


Here’s the facebook page for the show on July 11 with all the relevant info.


New Work: East of the River

Sienna and Lady with their Puppies, East of the River, Washington, DC © Susana Raab 2011

I’m starting to gel a bit more with this project that has been a really hard one for me.  First I am shooting primarily with the 4×5 that lends itself to a very different style of picture taking for me, less kinetic, fluid, etc.  But I want to also be very deliberate about everything here and very obvious about my presence, because when you are working across the Anacostia River in this other Washington, I feel it’s important to be obvious and open.  The thing to transcend for me, and perhaps I will not succeed – is to move beyond the cliches of life here, and make something that speaks beyond the apparent.  If I’m not successful at least I’m gonna try.

Not for Teetotalers: The Columbia Room – A Commercial Break

Derek Brown of the Columbia Room for the Wall Street Journal

Just wanted to let you DMVers and visitors to our nation’s capital aware  that if you are in need of more than the middle-of-the-road libation you must thither yourself to the Columbia Room, it only seats 17, and is a secret garden of delights! Brothers Brown opened the Columbia Room inside the Passenger which is right across from the Convention Center and it is based a bit on the speak-easy model. You don’t need a password, but you do need a reservation before 10 pm.  It’s only open Thurs-Saturday.  Having had the chance to watch the master mixologist Derek Brown himself prepare drinks for the shoot, I was reminded of a quote from the Robert Olen Butler story, “A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.” I paraphrase and mangle here:

His kitchen was full of such smells that he knew he had to understand them all or be incomplete forever.

I sampled a bit of a Manhattanesque beverage and gin gimlet, and both were club top-drawer.  As Doogie MacArthur would say: “I shall return!” Here are a few others from the shoot that I liked, and will give you a feel for the Columbia Room.

Always Start with a Handsome Subject © Susana Raab 2010

Clean Implements are Also Helpful © Susana Raab 2010

Crazy Aromatic Ingredients © Susana Raab 2010

A Classy Joint © Susana Raab 2010

Looking for Something Art-y to Do in Washington, DC?

Check out the Pink Line Project’s fantastic calendar of all things arty in our nations capitol.  Bookmark it or be incomplete forever.  Thanks Phillipa & Team!

Slideluck Potshow DC III = Success

Centering itself in the vortex of photographic extremes that is FotoWeek DC: hipster art openings versus crass commercial promotions and every gamut in between, Slideluck Potshow DC III emerged as an unpretentious grassroots night of pure photographic fun.  The folks behind it arranged a top-drawer event, with presentations from locals, superstars, and superstars that are locals alike.  LOVED presentations by Hank Willis Thomas, William Christenberry, Chris Usher, Stephen Crowley, Alison Shelley, Jacquelyn Martin, Stephane Janin, Juliana Beasley, and many others whose names I cannot recall.  Most poignant for me was a series with video of Sierra Leone amputee soccer players.  My apologies to the photographer whose work this was for not remembering your name. Your video hushed us all in the room.  We were moved.  Honestly the event has such great verve and spirit. I don’t know how Casey, Alys, Emma, and the rest do it all, but thank you!  For those of you who have the event coming to your area – I encourage you to go. And for those of you who don’t – contact Casey and start one!  Viva SPS!

Update: Thanks to the omniscient Liz Kuball I now know that the Sierra Leone amputee soccer play video was created by Fiona Aboud and you can find it easily on her website.  Check it out and you will be inspired. Ain’t no mountain high enough! Girl, you’ve got some soul!

Slideluck Potshow in DC this Saturday Night

All-around good guy, Casey Kelbaugh, is taking his Slideluck Potshow international, but us denizens of the swampland can enjoy a show here in DC this Saturday. Join us at this event full of food, drink, camaraderie, and pictures. The Touchstone gallery is easily accessible from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro. The Slideluck Potshow deadline has been pushed to Wednesday, February 13th. So, if you haven’t submitted work yet, you still have time! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 16, 2008
7:00 pm Potluck
8:30 pm Slideshow

406 7th Street NW, 2nd Fl.
Washington, DC 20004