WASHINGTON, D.C. — Red taxis zoom through the busy streets, honking noisily as drivers hurry during rush hour. Brisk winds creep underneath the scarves and coat sleeves of pedestrians roaming the streets of the city. Fall leaves drift to the ground, joining the layer of orange and yellow blanketing the sidewalk between the columns of trees.
While traveling to the nation’s capital to attend the JEA/NSPA Fall Journalism Convention, a national conference, Harker students and chaperones also toured the city, visiting different museums and monuments and photographing the day-to-day lives of locals and tourists.
The photo package below highlights our experiences in the city, both at tourist attractions and in the busy streets. This is the bustle of Washington, D.C.
TALON Editor-in-Chief Anthony Xu (12) and Gloria roll up the trolley’s plastic screen window to take photographs on the Monuments by Moonlight tour. On the tour, student journalists photographed many of Washington, D.C.’s monuments as well as the city’s landscapes after dark.
Red taxis line up at a stop light in front of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The D.C. Taxicab Commission announced in May 2013 that the city’s taxis will be standardized as red with a gray stripe.
In the chilly D.C. morning air, a man sits on a bench at Dupont Circle with his bicycle by his side. A peaceful park surrounded by busy intersections, cafés and restaurants, Dupont Circle includes a fountain statue as well as benches, flower beds and walkways.
A Capital Bikeshare worker walks two bikes to a sharing station on New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tens of thousands of rental bikes and scooters populate the capital with multiple rideshare apps like Lime, Uber, Lyft or Byrd providing cheap transportation throughout the city.
Outside the Dupont Circle metro entrance, a rusty, bent bicycle sits in a bike rack on the sidewalk. Apart from the subway system, the D.C. Metro also runs a bus service with more frequent stops along the streets.
Subways on the red line of the D.C. Metro streak across after the latest stop at the Dupont Circle station. Each metro station consists of the same architectural structure: a wide arch filled with uniform square indentations.
A pedestrian waits to cross a busy intersection on Connecticut Ave NW near Dupont Circle. Seven students from Harker Journalism visited Dupont Circle as the first stop in their photo expedition.
A woman plays a ukulele outside the entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro Station. Student journalists had the opportunity to tour congressional offices and the Capitol buildings, where they conducted interviews of protesters and politicians.
A man reads the newspaper on a park bench at Dupont Circle. National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Hannah Allam led student journalists on a tour of the NPR studio based in Washington D.C.