Max, Andy and friends go to Washington

Max and Andy Go to Washington from StartPoint Media on Vimeo.

I recently took the family to Washington DC. It was Maxwell and Andrew’s first trip to the nation’s capitol. They wanted to see where the president lived and were enamored with the metro and the fact that Abraham Lincoln was 16 foot tall! The day wiped them out, but they saw and learned many things. Now they have established an interest in the people and structures of government that they often see on the news. It is their first lesson in media literacy and it’s relationship to society.

The Americans

The Americans, originally uploaded by StartPoint Media.

Robert Frank’s images of America are rich with content. He his masterful with visual symbolism. His work is a positive representation of the American people and spirit, though when it was released it was viewed as anything but positive in light of the mood of nation at the time. His book, The Americans was published first in France in 1958, then one year later in the United States. The images Frank made in 1955 and 1956 are considered by some to be the most important defining images since World War II. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the book and is on display in Washington D.C. at the National Gallery West Building. The 83 images are presented in the order established by the book.

The Americans

Old Post Office

a foggy midday view of the US Capitol from the Old Post Office building clock tower.

The Old Post Office building contains an observation deck in it's clock tower. The deck is 10 stories above the District of Columbia. It is not as popular or as famous as the Washington Monument thereby making wait time for the elevator to the top reasonable. A visit can be done in under one half hour.