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Washington, a lively American metropolis, has a daily commute that is consistently ranked among the most challenging in the country. Washington Post staff photographer Matt McClain was drawn to this sometimes-lonely and trying ritual because of his love for finding beauty in the ordinary. “I wanted to create a mood with this essay born on light and color,” McClain said. For nearly a year, he monitored the light and the weather, choosing afternoons with rich, dramatic skies or ominous clouds, or even pouring rain, to photograph D.C. commuters. He returned over and over again to the same spots to get just the right composition or to find precisely the perfect light. Longtime television anchor Dan Rather once said, “Americans will put up with anything as long as it doesn’t block traffic.”
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MaryAnne Golon is the Director of Photography at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post in 2012, MaryAnne was the director of photography at Time Magazine and a senior photography editor there for more than 20 years. She graduated with honors from The University of Florida with a B.S. in Journalism.
Matt McClain is a staff photojournalist at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, he was a staff photographer at the Ventura County Star in Ventura, Calif., and the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.
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