The Bread Line

While culling photos recently I came across some shots of the "Depression Bread Line" sculpture taken during the Spring of 2014 in Washington DC. Its a magnificent piece created by the artist George Segal. Visitors to the Tidal Basin will find it near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

One of the challenges with photographing a popular work of art like this in a public space is finding an angle from which to shoot that is somehow a little different than what you generally see. Get down on a knee, shoot from sharp angles, do anything but create yet another "tourist shot", unless you simply want to create your own. To get that different view, there are times when some of the subject will have to be sacrificed by getting in closer.

Mr. Segal really captured the mood of the great depression era that occurred in the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash. That economic downturn ran well into the late 1930s before any real recovery began. But from a tough situation, we now have this outstanding bronze sculpture to remind us of the history and some of the lessons of the time.

Zooming in tightly allowed me to keep other visitors out of the frame and gave a different perspective. Visitors are always posing with this awesome work of art. So much so that the shoulders have been rubbed to a slight sheen which picks up a little of the backlighting.

In the background you can see a few cherry blossoms from the 2014 Festival. Here is a previous post on that. Come to think of it, this year's event is a little over a month away. Peak time for viewing those at the Tidal Basin is late March to early April, depending upon weather conditions leading up to that time. I have a few more images from the 2014 event, which I'll post up here very soon. Maybe that will somehow hasten the arrival of Spring, which most in this area will be more than glad to see. :-)

Thanks so much for visiting!