Tuesday, 19th August 2008
Vietnam Memorial Sunrise
by Steven Greaves
Walking around D.C. one afternoon, I arrived at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, took some shots and looked around for a great dawn shot. I returned the following morning at 4:30am and set up my tripod and cameras. The Mall was desolate except for me. I stood there in the morning chill, clenching my coffee and waiting for the twilight. Just as light came across the horizon behind the Washington Monument, I was approached by a gracious Park Ranger telling me that I could not use a tripod on the mall and that I would have to stop. I got off a few shots before taking my camera off the tripod and now shooting hand-held. This is one of the latter shots. It shows a few of the names of the fallen. The Washington Monument and rising sun are reflected in the granite.
Equipment: Canon 20D
After wandering for the past 15 years, I now call New York City home. Born in England, raised in Bermuda and educated in America, I have spent the last 12 years clutching both camera and passport. Although trained as a lawyer, with an Honors B.A. from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, photography and travel remain my inspiration. There are few things that offer such experiences and it is through the viewfinder of a 35mm and digital SLR that I have seen much of the world. From spectacular sunsets in the Sahara to the advent of dawn over the Indian Ganges to Rajasthani bar-room brawls, my camera has fueled my vision-quest. Photography has made of me a more earnest traveler. Through it, I have learned patience, humility and compassion. These virtues, I seek to convey through my work.