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November 25, 2013

Charles Dharapak: Instagrams from Washington, D.C.

I am drawn to photographs of things that are not inherently visual. It's not easy to make interesting photographs of people at press conferences. These photographs are from the Instagram feed of Charles Dharapak, a staff photojournalist for the Associated Press, currently based in Washington, D.C. Good photographers notice things that others don't. Like Nancy Pelosi's turquoise shoes surrounded by men's shoes. Or a detail of someone using chalk to mark the position for a military honor cordon. Most of Dharapak's Instagrams are shot with his iPhone. Sometimes he shoots with his iPhone in his left hand and his Canon DSLR in his right. "I believe the best thing about Instagram is that it provides an outlet for my photography that reaches a new audience that isn't necessarily interested in news, or political news specifically. It also allows me to engage with this audience, through comments and feedback," says Dharapak. Engage, comment and enjoy. -- Thea Breite (18 photos)
Note: you can also follow the Boston Globe on Instagram for shots from our photojournalists.

Reporters hold their iPhones to their ears after they recorded comments by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, after she left a meeting of Senate Republicans regarding the government shutdown and debt ceiling on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Oct. 12. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

Congressional reporters question lawmakers after they met privately with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and members of the House Democratic Caucus regarding the looming government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 25. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, stands with other members of the House Democratic leadership after their meeting with President Barack Obama regarding the partial government shutdown and looming debt default outside the West Wing at the White House in Washington, on Oct. 15. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Photographers set up remote cameras along the West Wing Colonnade to photograph President Barack Obama walking past to speak about the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, on Oct. 1. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1 as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

A photograph of goats on a lawn sign directs reporters to where goats will be released at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, on Aug. 7, 2013. More than 100 goats will be taking over Washington's Historic Congressional Cemetery to help clean up brush in an area away from the graves. The goats will graze 24 hours a day for six days to eliminate vines, poison ivy and weeds, while also "fertilizing the ground." (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

A man walks into the U.S. Federal court house in Washington, on Aug. 14, as reporters await the sentencing of former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after he plead guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on TV's, restaurant dinners, an expensive watch and other costly personal items. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

A member of the White House communications office stands before the start at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr., spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on Aug. 28. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Audience members wear ponchos in a light rain at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr., spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on Aug. 28. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

White House press office aides stand in the West Wing colonnade before reporters and photographers enter the Oval Office where President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are meeting at the White House in Washington, on Sept. 27. President Obama is hosting Singh for talks on trade and security in a fragile region, offering a chance to inject new life into the partnership amid concerns that relations have stagnated. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

President Barack Obama meets with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, on Sept. 27. President Obama is hosting Singh for talks on trade and security in a fragile region, offering a chance to inject new life into the partnership amid concerns that relations have stagnated. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

U.S. Secret Service agents stand at "the Beast", the armored limousine of President Barack Obama, before he steps off Air Force One at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, on Oct. 25, en route to visit Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn and attend Democratic National Committee fundraising events. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Rosaries are seen on the back pack of an Army Sgt. Assigned to driving the press van in the presidential motorcade on Sept. 28, before President Obama leaves the White House for a private game of golf. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

A member of the U.S. Secret Service Emergency Response Team (ERT) is seen from the motorcade on Sept. 28, before President Obama leaves the White House for a private game of golf. According to the U.S. Secret Service website: "ERT's primary mission is to provide tactical response to unlawful intrusions and other protective challenges related to the White House and its grounds." (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

U.S. Secret Service agents stand watch as President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt ceiling during a visit to M. Luis Construction, which specializes in asphalt manufacturing, concrete paving, and roadway reconstruction, in Rockville, Md., on Oct. 3. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Chalk is used for toe marks as a military honor guard cordon is preparing for Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrival at the White House for his meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, on Oct. 23. The White House said that the leaders would discus, trade, energy, economic development, and efforts to address violent extremism. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Members of the U.S. Secret Service Countersniper Support Unit (CS) walk at the White House in Washington, on Oct. 16. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Vans from the presidential motorcade are parked at the Sidwell Friends School where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are attending a parent teacher meeting Oct. 22. Their daughters Sasha and Malia attend the school. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #

Marine One helicopter with President Barack Obama on board lands in Prospect Park in Brooklyn borough of New York on Oct. 25, as he arrives to visit Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH). (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) #




 
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