Washington D.C.

Our stint in D.C. aka “The American Rome” or “Hollywood for Ugly People,” was a surreal and harrowing experience. I was weary from the road and apparently nauseated from heat exhaustion, and just as we began shooting on the grounds of the great Capital the sky grew dark and the heavens unleashed a fierce torrential downpour - the kind where it seems to rain from the ground up too. Thousands of tourists disappeared almost instantly as we sought refuge under an old elm tree, attempting to shelter our subjects in their designer power suits. Despite our efforts we were wet, my strobes no longer fired, and I feared we’d botched the shoot. THEN just as quickly as it descended upon us, it reversed, and the menacing clouds parted to reveal magnificent golden light. 


Our spirits were further lifted by the subjects we photographed. Courageous women whose passions led them to the heart of democracy with real plans to deliver a better country: Malika, a Muslim American journalist for Al Jazeera TV, Shauna an environmental engineer making her mark in a male-dominated industry, and Molly and Charis who are working towards their graduate degrees to better serve their communities. With constant attempts to thwart progressive ideals, I was reminded that the Resistance is strong and that the Future is Female. ⚡️✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿⚡️ 

 Malika Bilal, 33 JOURNALIST FOR AL JAZEERA ENGLISH  “There are times I feel more conspicuous about being Muslim, especially after there has been an incident involving someone claiming to be Muslim. Other times, it’s like,  This is the United States, founded on religious freedom, and this is as much my country as anyone else’s.  I take precautions. Like, I won’t walk along the train platform very close to the edge.”

Malika Bilal, 33
JOURNALIST FOR AL JAZEERA ENGLISH

“There are times I feel more conspicuous about being Muslim, especially after there has been an incident involving someone claiming to be Muslim. Other times, it’s like, This is the United States, founded on religious freedom, and this is as much my country as anyone else’s. I take precautions. Like, I won’t walk along the train platform very close to the edge.”