Community in Focus (Week 2)

The Phillips Collection invites everyone to participate in Community in Focus, a community project to capture a unique photographic snapshot of an unprecedented year. We asked you to show us your inimitable spirit, suffering, joy, and resilience, and here are some images that captures those human emotions that connect us all. Stay tuned for more photos and submit your own!

Vincent Brown, October 29: When city restrictions were relaxed so that businesses could operate outdoors, one hair salon took advantage.

Austin K. Graff, August 13: “J” is for Maryland’s Jug Bay Wetlands. Forced to balance full-time work and homeschooling during the pandemic, my daughter and I explored the D.C. area using the alphabet as our guide.

Grerry Suchy, October 6: This was a warm day in October. The area around Union Station is far less busy than pre-pandemic. The woman was having her lunch after removing her mask when she was approached by the homeless gentleman. She offered him her lunch, which he graciously accepted.

Mark Andre, October 23: With a week of mild temperature, the fog created a surreal and painterly scene at sunrise as clearing skies revealed the Washington Monument in the fog.

Talia Schmidt, August 15: This is a photo of introducing our new baby to a friend who stopped by our porch to check on us. We call it: New baby during COVID: A portrait.

Sianna Boschetti, June 6: Protestors wave an American flag with “BLM” painted over it at a Black Lives Matter protest in Washington, D.C. Thousands showed up for racial justice that day. Earlier that week, the National Guard tear gassed protestors at Lafayette Square, about a block away from where I took this picture.

Scott Nidermaier, July 20: After months of lockdown and delayed graduation, finally students could walk to earn the high school degree they’d earned. Many students and families were not present, engulfed with fear of the pandemic.

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