As the Shutdown continues, we’re continuing to look at continuing our photographic documentation of the ongoing crisis. Our concern for our family, neighbors, and community members directly impacted by the crisis only continues.
Some of My Favorite Portraits So Far
The Shutdown Stories Project is a photographic essay telling stories of individuals affected by the federal shutdown. Here are some of my favorite articles so far.
Lona Saccomando serves the country at the Department of Homeland Security. Her family is down to one income and is depleting their savings. Luckily, they have enough for now. Lona sees a silver lining in that she enjoys time with her children and is getting more serious about her personal photography goals during the shutdown.
Mel Harper works at the National Gallery of Art. She is a mother and needs each and every one of her paychecks to pay bills. She will likely be late for her February mortgage payment. Mel was piloting a new project to invite DC area artists to the National Gallery. That program will have to be postponed because of the Shutdown, possibly until next year.
Brian Ottens works at NASA (we loved his telescope as a prop!). While the Shutdown continues, he jogs with neighbors every morning after they get their kids to school. They share stories of how to make it without ruining their credit. Some examples include how to file for unemployment in DC and MD, whose credit union will allow a delay in the car payment, and who picked up a side hustle.