Thanks, Urban Turf (@urbanturf_dc) for featuring my photos in this piece on their blog:
With growing development prospects and a blend of artistic flair, Catholic history, academic life, and strong community bonds, Brookland moves forward.
For over fifty years, the tower-and-dome façade of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic church in North America, has been the defining icon of DC’s Brookland neighborhood.
While that remains the case, a new symbol is stealing the show: giant white letters painted on the eastern face of the Brookland Works building, stretching almost two floors high, that spell out the neighborhood’s name for all to see.
Bold and larger-than-life, the BROOKLAND sign is representative of the many changes this neighborhood has undergone in recent years, fed by growing development prospects and a blend of artistic flair, Catholic history, academic life, and strong community bonds.
Theirs published the same day I published my version of my trip, which you can read about below.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I don’t do commissioned work, or any type of photography for payment. I’ve made an exception in this case because
- I love Washington, DC
- Payment is being directed to a vital community organization supporting LGBTQ and all humans in the Capital, Casa Ruby (@CasaRubyDC)
Although it’s not technically in Brookland, the Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity exists in close proximity, and to this day I remember Ruby telling us the story of her volunteer work at the Missionary during the AIDS crisis in Washington, DC – a time when the Missionary was protested because neighborhood residents believed HIV could be spread through the air.
If anything, my walk by the houses of the people who led in a world that didn’t want to reaffirms that our generation is changing everything, as generations before us did. It’s how a clock works, it only goes forward 🙂
If you want to pinpoint the landmarks on a map, here you go.