Word on the Street Art: Yodith Dammlash

To those of you who haven’t already heard our elevator pitch, The Red Line D.C. Project‘s development depends on community dialogue and participation. Building out this documentary is about bringing together opinions about graffiti — on the red line, in D.C. and around the world. With this in mind, we’ve begun inviting guest bloggers to contribute to this site and share their personal history with street art and graffiti. Here’s a word from The Red Line D.C.‘s very own Yodith Dammlash, fine art photographer extraordinaire:

Living 20 minutes away from D.C. the majority of my life, I have always been interested in the beauty of urban decay, the grit and the landscape of the city. While studying at the Corcoran College of Art & Design,¬† I began to fancy myself a documentary photographer. I would take my camera out into the city and just shoot. Some days I even road up and down the metro lines, shooting on the trains as well as out the window. The first graffiti shot that I took — and liked — was of the graf at Brookland station with the metro post in the background (photo above). Despite it being a black and white/wet darkroom image, I loved the shapes and different shades coming alive from the wall. That is when I first noticed that the character of a graffiti work of art was able to transfer into a 2D photograph.

— Yodith Dammlash


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