Fotoweek DC 2009: Fight Club

At Artomatic 2009, Mark and I stumbled upon two photographers who were in charge of Fotoweek DC. This is a great exhibition of photos displayed in gallery spaces in DC, mainly in the Georgetown neighborhood. One definitely stuck out, though. The “underground” skate park known as Fight Club. A skating mecca for DC skateboarders especially on wednesday nights, they opened up their doors to Fotoweek to display photography spread among its three floors.

So to start, getting to Fight Club was kind of fun. The address we got was:

1250 9th Street NW
(enter through Blagden Alley on N Street between 9th and 10th Streets)
Washington, DC 20001

or on Google Maps

So me and my friends followed the directions and came to the back entrances of all the 9th street storefronts – and found no markings or signage indicating Fotoweek or Fight Club. To our rescue (?), a group of tween skateboarders led us to the door.

Yup, this corrugated steel door was the entrance – which led to a courtyard that had evidence of being the scene for kegs and skaters. We followed the skateboarders into the building and were kind of surprised by what we saw:

DC’s greatest indoor skate bowl. We almost forgot for a second that there was art here too. The pieced-together ramps made a great 9-foot quarter-bowl in the far cornerand about 330 degrees of skate-able space. A small drop-in area looked like where DJs could setup shop, too. But after a quick stop, we went into the gallery space (which looked like it could easily double as party space).

There were a few people circulating throughout the building, on all three floors. The photos were simply hung on a string attached by binder clips. I like the simplicity of the displays, and the atmosphere provided by the aging house (?) gave the Fight Club gallery a less snooty atmosphere when compared with the other more traditional galleries we visited on M Street.

So if you didn’t get a chance to go this year, sign up for their newsletter for Fotoweek DC! It was really great seeing photos of all styles and subjects. There were some exhibitions and gallery lectures too, but I wasn’t able to go see those.

Oh, this is just something that bothers me that I saw a few times throughout the night. As cool as it may look, or as much as you want to show off your sweet camera, please don’t wear it like an over-the-shoulder messenger bag with the lens protuding from your back like some kind of round shark fin. Not only is this still exposing your lens to impact hazards (“oh, but its safe, I know where it is”), it is telling the world “hey, I’ve got a , see if you can take it off my camera body without me noticing!” With most kit lenses, this isn’t an issue, but I get nervous for those guys with the Canon L lenses protruding from their backs. Get a backpack, knapsack, hip pack, whatever – I like my two Crumpler bags (I’ll post about these later).

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