The Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation’s capital with its ornate interiors and grand staircases.
Its ornate interiors and grand staircases, gold-colored ceilings and arches, interspersed with statuary and paintings, are as magnificent as any structure you will find in Europe.
Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The first open house of 2020 is on President’s Day, and the second is on Columbus Day – and we will be allowed to take photographs inside this most spectacular part of the Library of Congress! Since this is one of the few days each year when they allow the public into this space, we want to give you a chance to see that whole venue from the ground up!
This is a very popular event, so in order to be among the first to enter the Reading Room when it opens at 10 am, we will need to be in line outside the entrance behind the Great Hall as early as possible. While we are standing in line, Washington Photo Safari founder E. David Luria will provide tips and techniques for interior architectural photography. We will concentrate first on the Reading Room and then move from the Reading Room to photograph the Great Hall and the Main Reading from above, looking down. We will then go outside and photograph the building exterior with its statuary and fountains. Emphasis will be placed on composition and lighting.
We will also get to photograph the multi-million dollar Stradivarius Violin, Viola and Cello that are on display in one of the exhibit rooms during this safari.
– Extra charged battery
– Extra memory cards
– Weather appropriate clothing
Meet in the Library of Congress, at the Reading Room entrance behind the Great Hall, near the Gutenberg Bible display. 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC
Julie Gould grew up with dogs and taking photographs around the world with her family. She was photo editor of her college newspaper and majored in Communications with a specialty in photography. With a master’s degree in urban planning, she pursued a 30-year career in housing and community development finance.
In her encore career, she started Bright Eyes Photos in 2015, a growing pet and their families’ photography business serving the metro DC region, to pursue her twin passions of dogs and photography! Her style is based on a documentary, journalistic viewpoint.
On assignment for the Petco Foundation, her images of Molly, a 3-legged pit bull rescued by an Amtrak police officer who adopted her, were the centerpiece of Petco’s “Be a Lifesaver” national campaign in the summer of 2017. She is a volunteer at a local animal shelter, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA), as well as other non-profit animal rescue and training groups like Homeward Trails, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and Vets Moving Forward. She is a member of the Professional Photographers of America association and has taken extensive training since 2015.