An empty inbox is about confronting reality

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

There's little that ties these assignments together except that they were published in the month of September, and sharing these seems as much an act of a final summer cleaning as any sort of self-promotion.

I'm most pleased with the publication of these panoramic shots I did for The Wall Street Journal in early September. For the most part, I've viewed these sort of online visuals as rather dull proofs of concept that are more about showcasing a technology than furthering the story. Still, when I saw these go live, and expanded the panoramic view to full-screen, it was really was remarkable and I would encourage you to have a look - the panoramics are shown by that green icon and do a nice job capturing the grandeur of the Natural History Museum as well as the Udvar-Hazy Center. As noted before, viewing these full-screen is highly recommended, the resolution is astounding.

Hanna Rosin for Huffington 

Hanna Rosin for Huffington 

I also had the opportunity to photograph the delightful Hanna Rosin for Huffington - the site's iPad-only magazine. The last time I photographed her, I was treated to an impromptu concert by her very musically-inclined children. This time, she braved a vicious, unrelenting horde of mosquitoes to stand outside in her garden as I shot away.

Nicholas Redding for Preservation Magazine

Nicholas Redding for Preservation Magazine

One of my favorite clients, Preservation Magazine sent me out to spend the day with Civil War historian Nicholas Redding at Antietam National Battlefield on a hot, July day. Walking the battlefield with Redding, he pointed out spots where momentous turning points occurred in the battle, and where tremendous numbers of soldiers met their end. While I consider myself a pretty good history buff, he deepened my understand and appreciation of what this "Hallowed Ground" actually meant.

Ronald Machen for Washingtonian

Ronald Machen for Washingtonian

Ronald Machen for Washingtonian

US Attorney Ronald Machen is an intimidating guy, and, as the article says, Mayor Vincent Gray's Worst Nightmare. He had no problem being the tough, intimidating prosecutor for this shoot and as a DC resident frustrated by this past election, I'm hopeful he gets to the bottom of any local government corruption (and maybe even thinks about a mayoral bid himself).

Arthur Honegger for Migros Magazine

Arthur Honegger for Migros Magazine

Lastly, if there's anything I've learned in working for foreign publications throughout the world, it's that they have an obsession with American politics (plus, larger budgets for photography, it seems). I had the very entertaining task of spending the day with Swiss Journalist Arthur Honegger who has been covering the election for Swiss television. As is typical of today's journalist, he spends his time jumping from writing blog posts, to longer news articles, to going on Swiss television, all within a morning.