This is undoubtedly an interesting time to be alive. Despite not being overtly political, I’ve been keeping tabs on the state of politics in the USA. I’ve had my heart set on attending the 2017 Inauguration in Washington DC. Regardless of the outcome, I wanted to be there to witness history and document all of the accompanying events. Last week, that dream was realized and I found myself in our nation’s capital awaiting the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the ensuing Women’s March on Washington.
Partially on assignment for some corporate media clients and partially documenting events for my own personal interest, I mixed and mingled with Trump supporters and protesters from every corner of the United States, and all walks of life. I heard stories of triumph and stories of defeat. I laughed, I cried, and I cared about politics than I have in my entire life. However, at the end of the trip, I was left more inspired by the human spirit than ever before. There’s a healing power in being able to interact objectively with other human beings on our common core values without bringing hate, overcharged emotions, and divisive politics into the picture. Without framing this post in a political manner (because goodness knows there are SO MANY of those out there), I firmly believe that our nation will pull through this tumultuous time. It won’t be easy, and it certainly won’t be soon. But everything will be alright.
Select photos from the trip are below. More photos available at the following links:
- Inauguration 2017
- The Vettys Red Carpet Inaugural Ball at Hay-Adams Hotel
- Creative Coalition Red Carpet Inaugural Ball
- Women’s March on Washington