In addition to a myriad of photographic opportunities in the Hillwood Gardens, in the fall, the gardens are SPECTACULAR with deep red leaves framing the garden hedges!
Washington Photo Safari is pleased to announce its first safari inside the Museum of the Bible in Southwest DC, with exclusive early morning access to the Museum before the general public enters..
Opened in 2017, the 400,000 sq. ft. Museum of the Bible calls itself “ a global, innovative, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the transformative power of the Bible. Through interactive exhibits and cutting-edge technology, we bring guests an immersive, personal experience with the impact, narrative, and history of the Bible.”
The museum has 1,150 items in its permanent collection. On this safari, Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria will assist you in capturing each exhibit with tips on composition, exposure, ISO and white balance settings in a venue where no tripods are allowed.
Starting on the the sixth floor and then working down, we find a rooftop viewing areas overlooking the National Mall and the US Capitol. stained glass exhibits, and a ballroom that seats 1,000 guests. The museum’s artifact research facility and reference library is located in a one-story addition to the roof of a neighboring office complex
The fifth level contains a performing arts theater with a 500-person amphitheater. The museum plans to sponsor scholarly lectures as well as multimedia performances relating to the Bible. The fifth floor also contains separate exhibit space for displays presented by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
On the 4th floor, we find hundreds of rare artifacts of the Bible’s history, from handwritten scrolls to mobile devices, as it was embraced by many communities with different traditions, including illumiNations, a collection of Bible translations from all around the world.
The third floor has one of the most photogenic exhibits of first-century streets and sights and villagers of Nazareth, showcasing the cultural and social dynamics of this Galilean village. The third floor also presents the general narrative of the Bible from Abraham through the creation of Israel to the ministry of Jesus and the early church. This floor also contains a large Jewish Bible section.
On the second floor there is an exhibit of the Bible in the World, where guests can explore the Bible’s impact on fashion, literature, music, and more, and the Bible in America, with artifacts tracing the Bible’s profound influence on American culture, along with Washington Revelations, for a “flight” through the nation’s capital.
The first floor combines ancient artifacts with modern technology meant to immerse the participant in the Bible. The front entrance on 4th Street SW features 40-foot (12 meter) tall, 2.5 tons bronze front doors with stained glass art containing a relief depicting the creation account in Genesis. There is also a grand lobby with a 200-foot (60 meter) LED ceiling.
Here is a sampling of the images you will get on this safari:
This safari is open to the first 7 clients who register, and the fee includes admission to the Museum (a $25 value), exclusive early access to the Museum one hour before the general public is allowed to enter and photo instruction.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet at Museum entrance on 400 4th Street SW, two blocks from the Federal Center Metro on the Blue/Orange Line. Limited parking in the area.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 39,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.