Community in Focus (Week 5)

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!

Kristian Ivanov, April 6: The photograph was taken during the first wave of the lockdown in New York in early April. I was coming back home after more than 24 hours of flying internationally, the last shoulder of which was a commercial flight from London to New York with only three passengers on board including me. Upon landing, I couldn’t go straight back to my house so I quarantined at a friend’s empty apartment in Clinton Hill for 3 weeks. The first time I heard everyone’s claps and shouts expressing their gratitude to all front line workers I grabbed my camera and captured a couple of neighbors standing on their balconies cheering. It was a truly moving moment to experience the multitude of people’s reactions to what was happening in New York and around the world.

Nikki Brooks, May 30: While participating in a Black Lives Matter car parade, I happened to pan over to the left of me to see this black joy! I saw the generations, and the future all in one.

Catiana Garcia-Kilroy, July 10: “Justice can’t wait” The photograph was taken on H street in DC, diagonally from Lafayette Sq.

Sara Allen, July 20: This is the solitude experienced during the summer of 2020 when I could not get together with my family (which lives in CA and Israel) for our annual reunion at the Lebanon Opera Festival in NH. I am a widow and live alone. This is meant to express the absence of loved ones, the loneliness, the solitariness of the experience of COVID.

Carly Kinney, August 29: This was a selfie my wife Carly took during her work on a Neuro Trauma ICU in Washington DC. The combination of the N95 pressure marks, her exhausted eyes, and determined smile paint a vivid picture of nurses fighting on the front lines of this crisis.

Geoff Livingston, Nov 7: This celebrant and her nursing child proudly claimed victory over Donald Trump. I am not a political pundit, but I am the father of a 10-year old young lady. The historical arc of the United States forever changed when Kamala Harris became the country’s first female Vice President-Elect.

Michael Aaron, September 16: The lions at the National Zoo entrance let visitors know that you need to wear a mask to enter.

Jenny Mendes, November 2: I made these vignettes daily for the month before the election as my personal vote campaign. Made from nature where I live, a daily meditation with a positive intention. Once I began posting them on social media I realized it was not only for me but that they brought hope, joy and positive energy to many people. This is a compilation of some of them that I shared on election day. Every vote really did matter this year more than ever.

Community in Focus (Week 4)

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!

Anna Lovering, May 11: A Gift: The chalk was a gift given to my daughter in the middle of the pandemic beginnings. It was such a simple gesture from one human to another to create a nostalgic memory of being able to play in the park. The photograph shows a dystopic view of the sentiment of a gift while she is wearing a mask outside and is fully gloved.

Archana Sahu, September 13: During the pandemic, people came up with several innovative ideas to wish their near and dear ones without meeting them physically. Came across these posters in our neighborhood as an example of kids wishing their parents’ marriage anniversary by paying students hourly (good way for making some pocket money too).

Stefanie Stark, April 1: I took this photo of our neighborhood park early in the pandemic. It broke my heart to see a lock and chain on the children’s playground gate. The words closed until “further notice” gave me the uneasy feeling of not knowing when Covid would end and life return to normal.

Alice Whealin, April 3: My photograph is a view of a neighbor’s garden near my home in Arlington, VA. The pandemic led me to take more morning walks for my health and reduce stress. I found it allowed me to enjoy my own neighborhood more than ever.

Carrina LaCorata, June 27: Standing in line with a friend with social distancing indicators at a restaurant in Charlotte, NC.

Kevin B. Jones, January 21: MLK Parade, Los Angeles, California

Kelly Paras, June 4: “Shadow of a Dream”: As Black Lives Matter protests grew, members of the National Guard stood sentry over the monuments of The National Mall. Early morning light at the Lincoln Memorial cast one of their shadows over the location of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

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.