Event Recap: Renegade DC Event
by ATFDC Contributor Susan Stipanovich
Renegade DC is described as “a culmination of compelling photographic images cast against DC’s famous landmarks, monuments and tourist attractions; shot in the height of the moment… fast and furious and with no permission at all.” Opening in the FotoDC FotoSpace on May 10th, the exhibit is the work of producers Jodi King and Tyler Lee Larish, a talented and fashionable duo based in Washington, D.C.
The team was busy putting the final touches on their exhibit at the start of their event on Thursday evening, making sure the beautiful placards (created by tattoo artist Jesse Mine and works of art themselves) were hung correctly and ensuring that patrons enjoyed a cocktail as they toured the room. It was clear that the team has been looking forward to the exhibit for quite some time, having shot and edited the images over the course of several years. “Jodi and Tyler have done such an amazing job producing the photos;” said a guest, “it’s so obvious that they enjoyed themselves on this project.” Lingering in front of each image, guests discussed how the photographs were produced and why certain locations, poses, and apparel were chosen with team members, all of whom were eager to point out the subtle details and stories behind the images (including several cameo appearances by the producers and contributors).
The images featured the often-overlooked playful, and at times satirical, aspects of life in the nation’s capital. When queried about their favorite pieces, team members and guests alike expressed their attachment to certain locations around the city, particularly places such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, featured in ‘Homo Erectus’ and the Lincoln Memorial depicted in ‘Champagne Sunrise’. More serious themes were also at play in the exhibit, including warfare, as explored in ‘Toy Soldiers’, featuring children playing among the statues of the Korean War Memorial. Overall, the exhibit provided a unique lens through which guests could explore the diversity and spontaneity of life as a Washingtonian.
As the evening progressed and Atlantico cocktails flowed, the dynamics, talents, and range of this team began to show through. Each has an extensive background in their respective role, having spent years in the fashion, photography, and styling business. Many of the group’s members know no limit to the projects they pursue, ranging from styling to sculpture, each doing their part to bring the city out of its self-imposed “style recession”. Mingling among the guests and posing for photos, Jodi and Tyler radiated accomplishment among their images and team members. The exhibit provided the perfect backdrop to the celebration of years of effort put forward by the team to showcase an underexplored facet of life in Washington D.C.
Susan Stipanovich is a stylist and writer who lives and works in Washington D.C. She researches counter terrorism methods and international security sector reform in Africa and the Middle East by day as a Department of Defense associate and spends her free time curating a fashionable lifestyle through her blog Hepburn Loves Givenchy.