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About the Show
“24 Hours of #LifeinMVT” is a photography exhibit on display in Prather’s Alley and the 400 block of K Street NW. It features images taken by four talented, local photographers who spent a day photographing in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Viewing the neighborhood through their lenses, we are able to get to know the people and places that make this area so vibrant and inclusive, with a rich and full history. By documenting the people, places, and moments that collectively define this destination, these photos honor the community’s storied history while celebrating its continued evolution. You are invited to view these images that tell the story of a typical day in Mount Vernon Triangle through the eyes of local photographers. The images are presented predominantly in chronological order, starting at 4th & K Streets, going down through Prather’s Alley, and continuing along K Street to 5th Street.
The exhibit was curated by Exposed DC, a nonprofit for local photographers documenting life in D.C. for over 17 years. Information about the four featured photographers is provided below, along with additional descriptions of each photo in the exhibition.
Support for this exhibit provided by the DC Office of Planning’s Streets for People Grant Program.
Be sure to take a look at the photographs for yourself the next time you are passing through and sign up for our special Opening Reception + Artist Talk to hear directly from two of the four photographers next Thursday, September 7! The free tour will leave from HEMPHILL (434 K Street NW) at 6:30pm but attendees are encouraged to arrive early to view the gallery space.
Farrah Skeiky is an Arab American photographer, creative director, and art framer based in Washington, DC. Her work celebrates those who make and do in their element, subcultures and underrepresented communities, and finding moments of closeness and connection in new places. In 2020, she self-published a photo book called Present Tense: DC Punk and DIY Right Now. Her exhibition of the same name was Transformer Gallery’s 17th Annual DC Solo Artist Exhibition. She is a member of Women Photograph, Diversify Photo, To The Front, and Women Photojournalists of Washington.
Mukul Ranjan is a scientist and photographer who calls Washington, D.C. home. His work combines the creativity, discipline, and rigor of science with an aesthetic sensibility. Mukul grew up in India where he acquired a taste for photography during his college years. He started out using Praktica and Agfa cameras but now favors Nikon. His photos often feature people and street action which express the imperfect beauty of everyday life, capturing its idiosyncrasies and moods. A self-taught photographer, he is fascinated by the world around him and strives to share its beauty with others through photography. Mukul is a member of the DC street photography collective (DC SPC).
Steven M. Cummings is a photographer and documentarian who has a studio in Northeast, Washington, DC. He was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1965 and traveled through Europe with his military family as a child. Cummings depicts black life in Washington, DC and shoots almost exclusively in black and white. He captures people as they are, outside the studio, in natural light, and going about the business of living. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010 with an M.F.A. in Photographic and Electronic Media. Cummings’ selected exhibitions include D.C. Undercover: Photographs by Steven M. Cummings, Artuare, and Chocolate City Rest in Peace.
My name is Justin. I go by “Olot”.
OLOT stands for One.Love.One.Thou.
I became a photographer because of Peter Parker. He worked that “Daily Bugle.” He’s my favorite superhero. I love my daughter. I’m creative. I love telling stories and knocking down three point shots on the basketball court and photography. I love connection; I love good energy. Welcome to the Olot Parking Lot.
About the Photographs
Check out the chronological journey through “24 Hours of #LifeInMVT”: