Monday, January 19, 2009

Its January 19th, and Barack Obama will be inaugurated tomorrow as the 44th president of the

United States. The days preceding have been filled with hundreds of thousand persons between the Lincoln Monument and the Capital.

In 1999 I photographed a number of memorial areas around Washington DC. I had use of my tripods inside these monolith structures, whereas after 2001, this access ceased for large format photographers like me.

This is a 5 second exposure of Lincolns statue. School children were congregated in front of me.

I also photographed inside the Jefferson Memorial, with my friend Medhat Alattar reading from the opposite wall. Also 5 second exposure.
Restoration materials are visible in tops of columns. All was being restored for the 2000 year celebration.