Exposed DC’s photo show at Long View Gallery captures the D.C. you haven’t seen

March 20

Erin Kelly, “Early Morning Fishing”: “This is the perfect example of the kind of photo we love to feature in Exposed,” says Exposed DC’s Heather Goss. “We’ve seen a million photographs of the cherry blossoms — one of the biggest tourist destinations every year — but here is a guy just going about his own business among the beautiful scenery. This is D.C. living.”

A lot of D.C. residents think they’ve seen it all. The Exposed DC Photography Show is an annual reminder that there’s a lot more to see.

“We always look for photographs that show a unique side of the city,” says Heather Goss, Exposed DC’s founder. The 2014 show, which opened Wednesday at Long View Gallery and runs through April 6, features lots of images of D.C. locations and scenes that tourists and even some locals don’t know about.

The annual exhibition — now in its eighth year — starts out as a competition every December, and anyone and everyone can submit up to three images via Flickr. Culled from about 600 submissions, the 2014 show presents the 49 winning photos selected by Exposed DC’s judges.


Insana Collins, “DC Motobomb:” A professional photographer — “mostly for people (weddings) and babies,” she says — Collins is also an avid motorcycle rider. “I was inspired by a Times Square photo I saw featuring just a handful of motorcycles,” she says. “I thought, ‘Why don’t we have a motorcycle photo representative of D.C.?’ So I took one.”

Originally sponsored by DCist, where Goss worked as an arts editor at the time she founded Exposed DC, the competition went independent this year. Last June, Exposed DC launched as a year-round venture, complete with a website and blog devoted to local photographers of all levels of experience. The blog regularly features new photos from around the D.C. area, interviews with local talent, informational guides and tutorials, and events listings. Exposed DC also hosts meetups, events and monthly happy hours to create a support network for local photographers.

“People make friends through this experience,” says Goss, who now works at the Smithsonian. “It’s how I met a lot of my friends.” Goss hopes to reach more people by hosting photography classes and workshops soon.


Gerda deCorte, “W”: “White man in a white suit in a white car in front of the W Hotel.
That is hard to pass on!” says deCorte, a self-described “passionate street photographer.”

There are other benefits: This year, for the first time, a panel of local photojournalists chose six $100 Best-in-Show awards, sponsored by the Corcoran College of Art and Design. And all works displayed at the show are up for sale. The photos typically range from $150 to $300 each; photographers get 70 percent of the proceeds, while 30 percent goes to Exposed DC.

“It’s a great way to start supporting art in the community,” Goss says.

Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth Street NW; through April 6, free; 202-232-4788. (Mt Vernon Sq)

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