Cityscapes - Pervez Photography

Cities are such a unique place to shoot. As centers of mass populations, they are an embodiment of the human experiment: they show us how we live together, how we form a society, but uniquely so. This is because cities inevitably include diverse groups of people, spanning race, class, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. It is hard to not find a particular group of people in these metropolises. And in this sea of humanity, there are also majestic buildings, parks, and unique architecture. In all of this, people function with normalcy. In that sense, cities remind me that we are capable of living with one another, despite our differences, and that there is nothing unusual about it. City photography has the potential to capture all of this, and that is simply magical. 

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Sunrise at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Virginia, with DC in the background, on Memorial Day. We got up at 4 am to head out from DC to Virginia to grab this shot. The first stop was on the National Mall, but once we realized the light wasn't going to reflect very well off the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial, we hightailed it to Virginia to get this shot before the sun came up. Given how crowded these areas are during weekends, especially Memorial Day weekend, it was unique to have the space practically to ourselves to position our shots as we saw fit. There were a handful of photographers out, but it was practically empty. As the sun started rising, the sky turned a fantastic red/orange, and I frantically took shots and moved around with my tripod to get a handful of photos from different perspectives. You only have a few minutes to get this kind of light, so hey, make the best of it!

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