Sunday, August 17, 2008

Two Things Challenge: Window / Shop

Window: Jagermeister-in-the-Sun
(Wisconsin Avenue and N Streets NW)


This week's Two Things Challenge was Window / Shop and it was quite a lot of fun! I took photos in Penn Quarter, on 14th Street, in Columbia Heights, and in Georgetown. (PSA Alert:* Note to the wise: If you want to see Georgetown without fighting all the insane crowds and pub crawlers, go early in the morning before traffic gets too heavy and all the businesses open. It's a great way to see the oldest part of Washington without all the headache. /PSA)

Shop: The Vitamin Shoppe in Columbia Heights
(14th Street and Park Road NW)


I got some good pictures of windows, shops, and window shoppers! And again, a PSA: for some of the best window shopping in Washington, Georgetown tops them all! There are some unique stores on 14th Street with great window displays--like Pulp, Go, Mama! Go!, and Home Rule. There's certainly plenty of big box shopping in Columbia Heights--like Target, Giant, Staples, The Children's Store, and so forth. Penn Quarter has expansive windows for stores like Urban Outfitters, Aveda, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and similar national brands. But the best and most unique window shopping is in Georgetown where the shops aren't brand name and they've been around for decades.

Window shopper at City Sports in the Penn Quarter
(7th and H Streets NW)


To see a couple more pictures of the unique wares I found in windows in Georgetown, visit Standing Room Only.


* PSA = Public Service Announcement

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 08/08

14 comments:

Virginia said...

I am feeling soooo in the know. I knew right off what PSA meant. I think it must be an "old timey" phrase, hence I knew! Great shots today. The Liquor Store is my fav today (Hmmmm). Mine will be up tomorrow. As usual a day late and a dollar short. I would just bow out gracefully from the 2 Things Challenge because I never get it right, but it's too darn much fun, when I do!

USelaine said...

Yup, the brick window is the grabber for me too. Very nice combination of elements.

Professor said...

So clever!!!! Love the idea! (And the last B&W photo is great!)

D.C. Confidential said...

VJ: I really struggled between the liquor store photo and a picture of a model ship that's on my Standing Room Only blog, but this one finally won out! Can't wait to see your interpretation.


USElaine: Thanks! I had such a fun time shooting this.


Prof: Thank you! The B&W photo turned out better than I expected. You should participate... Just sayin'...

The Artful Eye said...

Jagermeister..I've been bit by the meister a time or two. Image like a scene from a Tarantino film.

Vitamin Cottage sign seems like something out of Toy Story, sci-fi, cartoonish, especially from that angle.

One of my favorite visits was to Georgetown, also like Alexandria.
Is the Torpedo Factory still there?
ages ago. Must take a trip soon.

D.C. Confidential said...

Andrea: Yes, the Torpedo Factory is still open in Alexandria. I should go down there one day and take pictures. There are some great artists in that space. And yes, you should make a trip out here!

Maya said...

Oh, that liquor in the window shot is great! I also very much like the guy window shopping. I wanted to take a similar photo, but no one would co-operate!

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: The liquor bottle in the window was just SCREAMING to be photographed. It's preternatural proportion compared to the window was what drew me to it. And the early morning sun shining on it didn't hurt either!

As for the guy looking in the window, I totally lucked out on that shot. It was 9:00 in the morning when I took it. Most people were focused on getting to their offices and none of the stores/shops were open yet. He walked right into the frame and, without knowing it, was perfect!

Z said...

I've been stuck in traffic on M Street on a couple of occasions and I do not have any desire to repeat it! It's a real shame that the Metro doesn't have stops close to the area. I mean, that would be one of the first places I would have made accessible by public transport, but then that's just me...

As for neat shops (though not so new) the revitalized Chinatown had a few non-chain shops open while I was there. I wonder, are they still in business?

Thanks for your comment on my willow post on my Villigen blog.

Maya said...

It just goes to show that sometimes you can't plan a good shot. I waited and waited while sitting in a diner across the street for some people to stop and look in a store, but they never did (or not in a way that would make a good shot). Some shots need a good dose of luck and hitting the right moment! You definitely got that here.

D.C. Confidential said...

Z: Traffic on M Street is the worst. It's enough to make the reasonably sane reasonably insane! As for Metro, WMATA originally wanted to put a station in there but the residents of G-Town went all NIMBY on the project so WMATA skipped their neighborhood and put in the Foggy Bottom Station at 22nd Street near GWU Medical Center and the DuPont Circle Station at the top of 19th Street. Now the folks in G-Town are regretting that. WMATA has a shuttle that runs from DuPont and there's also the DC Connector, which runs into G-Town.

Still, short sighted and bigoted doesn't even begin to describe the residents of G-Town when WMATA first arrived as a transit system.


Maya: I hear you. I'm learning that the whole people-watching and -photographing this is like that Edison quote: 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration. Or, in this case, 99% luck, 1% desire.

Z said...

Hehe, I had heard that about the Georgetown residents not wanting the riffraff in their little zone, but I didn't know if that was urban myth or the truth...

D.C. Confidential said...

Z: Sad, but true. The same is the case for BART in the SF/Bay Area. The original plan was for the system to make a figure-8 and run through Marin County. But the folks on the northside of the Golden Gate were afraid the "undesirables" would invade their tony neighborhoods. Stupid really because in my experience very few people leave their own neighborhoods except to work.

Dusty Lens said...

Love the red brick on the first shot with it's simple window display. This was a fun series! Unfortunately, I'll be out of town for the next one. I may try to post later.