Brown Sign: Lincoln Memorial

IMG_2240When traveling to Washington, D.C. we often enjoy wandering about the Mall with the many memorials when we have time or company with us.  Though many of these are familiar to us, occasionally we enjoy spending some time reflecting on the purpose of these.  Most of the time, mobs of people intrude on our experience.  This summer, when I did a photo-safari with my niece, the Lincoln Memorial was crawling with tourists at the hour of the day we arrived. 

IMG_2243On a December Saturday morning, we walked over from our hotel, about 9:30 a.m.  Only a dozen or so other people were on the stairs and inside by Lincoln’s statue.  It was an opportune moment to stay a little longer and arrange some photos.

We approached from the north-east corner, along a tree lined sidewalk.  The low, winter, morning sun provided strong illumination and shadows from the south-east direction.

IMG_2244Once inside the pillars, the same light drew us to the statue as well as the carved text of his Second Inaugural Address and Gettysburg Address on the side walls.  Lincoln’s statue is probably what most people notice and photograph.

IMG_2248Possibly completely overlooked are the fresco paintings above the speeches.  These are high up and marginally illuminated, other than by the natural light.  Also, unless you spend some time reading the speeches, your eyes would not have adjusted to the low light to study the symbols of freedom from bondage represented in the murals.

IMG_2279When traveling, make an effort to step out early to see familiar places from different perspectives, when the press of people does not entice or demand that you move along to quickly.

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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8 Responses to Brown Sign: Lincoln Memorial

  1. KerryCan says:

    This is great advice–find a time in the off-season or early morning or something and see what it really there.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Fortunately, we are morning people, so getting out before the crowds is easy. Going “off-season” (we visited D.C. the weekend after Thanksgiving) is another option, especially if you do not have children and school schedules to juggle around. Thanks for dropping by.

  2. Good advice and nice shots – especially like the detail on the close up on the Lincoln statue .

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Thanks for checking in. As I mentioned, without the crowds, I could get some different angles. I try to avoid stepping into someone else’s photos or moment of contemplation.

  3. mj monaghan says:

    Great photos, Oscar. Really like the shot of Lincoln from the side.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Thanks. I have learned in photography workshops that portraits look better at an angle, than straight on. I figured that statues are probably the same (and they don’t move, close their eyes, get embarrassed or selfy).

      BTW. I’ve tried leaving comments on your posts, but get messages that I’m not approved or something like that. Any idea what that’s about? I’ll drop by in a few minutes to see if it does this to me today.

      • mj monaghan says:

        That’s a great tip about taking photos from angles. It took me many years to get that.

        Thanks for the feedback on the comments on my posts. I found that out from another commenter and she helped me walk through it with different testing. I really appreciate you persevering, Oscar.

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