The event that I was present to capture wasn't anything to be excited about but I'm proud that I had the mentality, awareness, and readiness to jump into photojournalist mode to act. On June 8th, I was sitting in the garage window way of a coffee shop called Tryst when a pickup truck went speeding up 18th Street through two people on foot, police officer bicycles, side swiped a motor bus and bystanders vehicle, before crashing into a dump truck in an intersection, after he attempted to flee.
For me, I had just left a meeting for branding only an hour or so prior so I dropped by the coffee house for live jazz while I wrapped up my notes. Loud noises during the evening, 9 o'clock hour in Adam's Morgan is nothing out of this normal. 18th Street is known for bar hopping, clubs, music, and plenty of people. However, the noise coming from the sound of a bus and pick-up truck colliding, in addition to the sounds of people gasping and screaming, were not the usual sounds of 18th Street.
Initially, I stood clear of the road, alert, scanned my surroundings, and mentally started preparing my escape plan. I immediately started to wonder if this was some random, drunk, idiot or a terrorist attack. After all, Adam's Morgan is touristy and locals come frequently so it's fair to think that the location could've been targeted by terrorists. My first thoughts were of the Nice, France terrorists attacks when drivers drove through crowds on Bastille Day.
After giving it some fair time, I heard the police sirens and saw locals rushing over to offer assistance and then I went into action. If I claim to be "The Visual Voice" then I need to act like it; at all times. I had a job to do. Unfortunately, just before this happened I had to go to the car for my laptop charger. I grabbed my important belongings (my camera) and left the rest once I sent my prayers up that no one took any of my things. At the car, I figured I wouldn't need my camera anymore (Wrong, Wrong, WRONG!) so I left that and only returned with my charger. So everything was documented on my iPhone 7 and luckily it's a Plus so the photos and videos were fairly decent, which can be seen on my page ADAMS MORGAN, DC.
Even better, 6 news sources reached out to me for permission to use my material on their stories! Those sources included FOX 5 DC, NBC News, the Washington Post, NY Times, NBC NY, and Reuters News! How cool is that!? I was tickled, honored, thrilled by the idea and the day after my Lovher was browsing Facebook and recognized one of my images. Little did she know, I was published so imagine her excitement when she realized it was me!
This isn't just June, just Pride month, just the start of summer, it's the month that marks the start of my life. New beginning! I finally freed myself. I 'womaned up'! I's a free woman now! My two weeks are in and as of June 7th I no longer worked for the man and my newest nephew was born. Now I have a total of 14 nieces and nephews.
For the last 2 years I pondered, dreamed, and fantasized about life outside of a 9 to 5. Then 1 year ago my lovher signed me up for a workshop at the Greater Washington Urban League and I met Ms. Vicki Davis and company. Changed my entire mindset! Thank God for my willingness to be ready, open, and fearless enough to take on the unknown. Thank God for my lovher for signing me up rather I wanted to or not. Thank God for Ms. Vicki for recognizing that the business plan that I presented her with for real estate was nice but not my passion. She has be the confidence, support, and knowledge that I've been in search of, all-in-one!
So in the last year of the past two I've been planning and plotting on the low. Getting my ducks in order, making sure important things were aligned, making sure I could hold my own, help my family, and live my purpose. Now here I am! I'm ecstatic! I feel so true, so Jakiera, so valuable, so inspired, liberated, and accomplished. Yes, accomplished, and I haven't reached any monetary goals or made any promising partnerships but I have taken the biggest, most bold, brave, and forthcoming step ever in my such and such years by leaving my "good Corporate America job of 5 years," in finance. Even if I reach sales goals that I can't even imagine before the years end, that will still be my accomplishment of the year.
Crazy thing is, soon after I resigned my laptop caught a virus (not from my porno sites so cut it), my desktop stopped working (turns out that was only the power source, praise God), and my external hard drive with over a million photos and videos from my life collection of photography broke. So major scares, MAJOR. And expensive ones too. The laptop has a $2400 value, desktop $2100, and even though I don't need new ones yet, I do have an expense on the hard drive. The recovery will costs me $1148 but I guess a lifetime of photography is worth it (hehe!) at least they're able to be recovered. PRAISE EM!
Only two things matter when you consider photography - 1) Type and 2) Style within each type; everything else is trivial.
By type, I mean the photographers area of expertise and what she specializes in. The list is endless but some common types include portraiture, sport, street, fashion, documentary, architectural, food, night, and landscape.
By style, I mean the photographers approach. Is she artistic in her angles, crops, effects, filters, locations? Is she intuitive by capturing candids and in-action shots? Is he traditional with still, posed, and classic portraiture?
Naturally, photographers will drift towards certain types due to their personal interest. Eventually the industry may drive them into another direction but photography is art and art comes from the heart so ultimately they'll always be the photographer that their heart says they are. Many moons ago my mother recognized my favorite hobby as my passion and brought my first professional camera for my 16th birthday. 3 types dominate my archives and those are street, landscape, and documentary.
Street Photography fulfilled my interests in different people, cultures, and those who I was most concerned about including homeless, minorities, and women. It took over 15 years for me to make sense of what that meant. In summary, the subjects of my street photography evolved into a thing that I've coined as "The Greater Globe." I am the Visual Voice for the Devalued, who actively documents their lives until they're seen as the Greater Globe.
Documentary Photography is evident in the countless photos and videos that I've collected of my family for so many years. Every event, occasion, celebration, or moment that I shared with my family intentionally or not included my camera. It's almost as if I'm afraid to miss a moment. Subconsciously, I know that if ever my memory gives out on me than photographs are all that I'll have to relive the moment.
As far as my style goes, different types require different styles but I'm very intuitive and my favorite photographs are always the candids that capture the most truest and purest forms of my subjects. Second to candids, I like to incorporate the artistic approach in order to mold the story that I'm telling and dictate the viewers interpretation the best that I can.
Take-away: choose your photographer wisely but keep it simple and focus on the type that they specialize in and the style that they use to approach the many types. Please note: Photographers are not limited to what they specialize in but it should give you a great idea of rather or not they're ideal for your needs. Example, an architectural photographer may not be ideal for your Newborn portraits but more fit for a real estate agent. Or, a landscape photographer may be useful for outdoor portraits since he's used to photographing still objects.
If I had one gift, one purpose, then I'd like to believe that one was to contribute to society providing unity and love through the art of photography.