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Georgetown GLOW for 2021! April 30: Madness Method

WPS Will Take You on a series of GLOWing Safaris Through Georgetown during the summer of 2021!

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Washington Photo Safari is pleased to announce that it is once again partnering with the Georgetown Business Improvement District to offer nighttime Photo Safaris of unique illuminated works of art known as GLOW Public Art.

Nighttime photography is a great skill to have when travelling, shooting on Manual Mode with tripods, and getting the correct settings for shutter speeds, apertures, ISO, and white balance to render nighttime scenes in their full beauty.

And there is no better way to learn and practice this skill than with illuminated artwork in a city display, led by a professional photographer-instructor like WPS Director **E. David Luria**. This year’s series of displays is particularly spectacular because it extends over 6 months from April through September of 2021 with a total of 8 works of art by 6 DC, 1 New York City and 1 Wisconsin artist.

The spring GLOW series takes place from Friday April 9th through Sunday June 27th with five Works, lit for the evening and also enjoyed by day as sculptures. The summer GLOW program runs from July 2nd to September 26th with three Works in three alleys live for the evenings but also enjoyed by day.

As a result, Washington Photo Safari will offer a total of 8 nighttime safaris in Georgetown during April through September 2021, and 6 daytime safaris that will combine the daytime GLOW sculptures with our regularly scheduled “Georgetown by Land And Sea” safaris that end up with a cruise along the Potomac River!

The displays will be shown at 8 different locations in Georgetown, including the Georgetown Lutheran Church, Georgetown Park Plaza, Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington Harbor, Cherry Hill Lane Alley, Oak Alley, and Sovereign Alley. For more information on the 2021 GLOW program visit

On this safari (#3), we will meet at Grace Episcopal Church to photograph Madness Method, by Chris Combs and David Greenfieldboyce. The artist duo will install about 200 computer-controlled lanterns that will appear chaotically arranged and will flicker and change in seemingly random patterns. They will use vintage-style lanterns on poles of different heights to add to the appeal and dissonance of the display.

As visitors move further along a path, patterns slowly become apparent in the placement and changing brightness of the lights. When they reach the perfect viewpoint, the lanterns will appear aligned as a regular grid, acting as “pixels.” The pixels will be showing a stream of simple images, animations, and text marquees. To address themes of clarity and unification, the artists will choose media that represent human universality and connectedness. Our long exposure photographs made by cameras on tripods will capture all the variations of light in this display

After photographing this display we will walk to M Street to its intersection of Wisconsin and M to photograph the streaking lines made by taillights and headlights with long exposure settings and then end up at famous Martins Tavern (where JFK proposed to Jackie).

Tripods recommended. Masks and social distancing required Smartphones users are also welcome. Rain date: May 1.