A Weekend in Southern California by Mark Andre

Having not spent much time in California, any time I get there is precious. I spent a weekend in Santa Barbara and Solvang, enjoying staying on the beach. The Los Padres National Forest was also quite beautiful. 

INSIDE//OUT: The Capitol Dome by Mark Andre

Yesterday, I had the unique opportunity to tour the Capitol Dome. Taking the trip up to the top and seeing the panoramic views of Washington, DC from its heart is simply amazing. Scroll all the way down for the 360 image from the top. 

As you work your way up from the Crypt, you navigate a series of Members-only staircases and passageways. 

The gap between the masonry wall of the original dome and the extents of the newer, extended dome.

Midway up the dome you get a full sense of the 180-foot height of the dome and rotunda.

The iron double structure is a sight to be seen. A sunny day makes it all the more special.

Standing at the top. The Apotheosis of George Washington takes on a new life when seen up close. 

Moving up to the tip top reveals all of the coffers from behind. 

Stepping out onto the final and highest platform provides views of all the genius of the L'Enfant Plan for the city. 

The panoramic views from west to south. The Mall, Union Station, the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and South Capitol Stree towards Nats Stadium. 

IlluminAsia at the Freer Sackler by Mark Andre

Saturday and Sunday, the Freer Sackler is hosting IlluminAsia to celebrate their re-opening. Tonight there will be a very limited run projection on the Facade of the Building. 59 Productions designed the projection, chronicling the history of the Museum. The 12-Minute projection will be run 4 times tonight and never again. Admission is free!

On Film by Mark Andre

A few weeks ago, I picked up a Minolta X-700 on a whim. I've been thinking about getting into film for a while and when the opportunity presented itself, I took it. I picked up a few rolls of Kodak Porta 400 and spent a weekend shooting around trying to get a bit of a feel for the film. The results are below. I'm excited to see where exploring the new medium takes me. 

I couldn't resist the opportunity to take the camera to Fallingwater and snap a few film shots while we visited with the whole office. I'll be posting Digital versions from the trip later.