ISeeDC, DoYou?

I swear this is not just a blog about exhibits around town, as it might seem from my last few posts. But I AM a sucker for all things beautiful in DC, so when I saw that the District Architecture Center made an Instagram callout for hometown images using the #iseedc2015 hashtag—and asked an architect and two local Instagrammers to judge which ones should be included at a new exhibit at the center’s SIGAL Gallery, well. you know.


The exhibit opened yesterday, and an opening reception on Jan. 27 will include the judges who chose 110 exhibit-worthy photos from more than 1,300 posted (just 56 were printed for display). They are: Architect James Tilghman of M12 Design and Instagrammers Jen Burnett and Albert Ting.

I have not gone down yet to see which pictures were chosen (but the photo above gives you a peek). I do think it’s interesting though, just scrolling through the images posted on this hashtag, to see which ones stopped the scroll, made me pause for a few seconds to just gaze.

I think that tells you something about yourself and your own approach to landscapes and architecture, just as it does about our city and the incredible perspective these Instagrammers give us.

Here are my picks — what are yours?


The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, by The J Lab


A “pedestrian” at the crosswalk, by Kari235


Remembering the past, by Kari235 (Clearly, I’m loving her lens)


The ubiquitous food truck, a monument in itself, by yojoyotoyo


Lady legs, by rolandjed


National Gallery dome, by reel_spectacles


I NEVER get tired of the Washington Monument, and this angle one is so striking with the new African American Museum, by John Sonderman


A wall of ivy, by one of the contest judges, Albert Ting


Super-cool curving staircase at George Washington University’s new Textile Museum, by Curt Kennedy


Street sense, by streetamatic


Green is my favorite color! By Erin Kim


My kind of church—the Blind Whino arts club in Southwest DC, by Melissa Beattie


I’ll end with a space where I’ve spent many happy afternoons—The Smithsonian American Art Museum, by Anthony Stoffella

Besides seeing so many incredible DC scenes, this contest has given me a plethora of new Instagram accounts to follow, so I look forward to seeing more of their talent on my daily feed. I hope you’ll enjoy them too, and look forward to your thoughts on which pictures speak to you the most about our fair city!


  1. Jennifer Sergent says:

    Thanks Danielle! I just updated the caption information.

  2. Just an FYI — the “Super-cool curving staircase by Curt Kennedy” is the new GW Museum | The Textile Museum on GW’s campus.