1. On Saturday, August 9, 2014 there will be an opening reception for a photography show I am part of with the STRATA Collective under the theme “Faith” at the Leica Gallery on 9th and F Sts. NW, DC. Please save the date and come out to see some fantastic and interesting street photographs that conjure up the various meanings of faith. Other photographers include Matt Dunn, Hector Isaac, Bill Bramble, Steve Goldenberg, Joshua Yospyn and  Michael W. Hicks.

    The above image is one I shot at Logan Circle in Washington, D.C., several years ago.

    Press release follows:

    Leica Store Washington DC Presents:
    "Faith" by Strata Collective

    Opening Reception is Saturday, August 9, 2014
    6pm to 9pm
    Leica Store DC
    977 F street, NW
    Washington, DC 20004
    Telephone (+1) 202-787-5900

     We are pushed to questions as we step into the world through the complex eyes of Strata Collective. As observers of the street they cleverly draw us close to bubbles of constructed reality and we begin to glimpse the slight or might of the varied personal trusts we live amongst.

    As both photographers and engaged citizens, the members of Strata Collective explore the notions

    of faith and the things people hold onto in times of uncertainty, whether it be God, country, communities, resources, family, or ideas. We’ve seen these struggles play out in towns and cities across the country - human dramas that unfold in the street. It’s on the street that faith is proclaimed, tested, reinforced and abandoned, against the backdrop of a rapidly changing American landscape.

    This collection represents both new and previously exhibited photographs by the Strata Collective, specially curated for this exhibition under the theme of “Faith”.

    ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE-

    Strata is a photography collective borne out of a shared passion for the still image. Its members seek to document the beauty, humor, mystery and absurdity in the quotidian. We are not interested in stock photography nor in images that are simply illustrative. Strata strives to create images that are hard to make and even harder to categorize. Pictures that raise more questions than answers and reflect an eclectic, diverse worldview.

     
  2. Tiki Bar, 204 S. Tenth Street, Crisfield, MD (soundtrack)

     
  3. 3000 block of The Alameda, Baltimore, MD

     
  4. 23rd & P St., NW, Washington, DC

     
  5. 30 years ago I went to my first punk show in the DC area. It was Naked Raygun, TSOL, MIA and the Cereal Killers at WUST Hall (now the new 9:30 club location on 9th and V Sts.). Back then I didn’t have a camera nor the balls to photograph the bands, punks and skinheads at these shows, but I remembered the energy, the fun and the danger that swirled like a tornado at these events. For the last four years, I’ve been shooting the current hardcore and punk scene in DC and Baltimore which has been making waves in our area and beyond, just look at how many people come out and travel for the yearly Damaged City festival. It’s pretty amazing to bump into people from Brazil, Sweden, the UK, California, etc.

    Now I have culminated some of my best photos into a book entitled Suspect Device. I chose the name because the camera is a device, I’m Chris Suspect and I do enjoy the Stiff Little Fingers reference. The goal of presenting these images is to recreate the same feelings, energy and chaos I felt as a fourteen-year-old at my first shows. This is not just about the bands, it’s also about the kind of people who are attracted to this underground lifestyle. 

    I am fortunate enough to have Alec MacKaye write the forward for it. I asked Alec to do it because he’s a great writer and also because he was there at the beginning when harDCore started. I thought it would be interesting to get his take on a scene that is now more than 30 years old and still going strong. He did a fantastic job!

    The image in this post is the book’s cover. It is published by Empty Stretch, a photo book company from DC which has been breaking lots of ground in the art photography world lately. The first run is 100 copies and we will be having a release party for it at Hill and Dale Records on June 21 which coincides with a Govinda Gallery show entitled East Coast Rock & Roll Photography 2014 featuring a number of other photographers, including myself.

    If you can’t make the reception and are interested in getting Suspect Device I strongly encourage you to pre-order it from Empty Stretch. Here are the details:

    "Suspect Device"
    By Chris Suspect
    68 pages, 8.5 x 11 in
    Hand numbered in edition of 100
    Forward by Alec MacKaye
    $20 USD + S/H

    PRE-ORDER (FIRST ORDERS SHIPPING JUNE 23):
    http://emptystretch.storenvy.com/products/7791675-suspect-device

    BOOK LAUNCH (JUNE 21): 
    https://www.facebook.com/events/295057294005162/

    Update 6/17/14: The book has sold out. There are some left that you can order from the Leica Store DC, but you will need to call or email them.

     
  6. New Hampshire Ave. & R St., NW, Washington, D.C.

     
  7. EAST COAST ROCK & ROLL PHOTOGRAPHY 2014 | presented by Govinda Gallery

    Govinda Gallery is pleased to be presenting nine photographers who have been documenting current rock & roll bands from up and down the east coast. Emily Assiran, Julianna Clarke, Andy DelGiudice, Jessica Flynn, Vivienne Foster, Nicholas Karlin, Chris Suspect, Jordan Swartz, and Clarissa Villondo’s photographs capture the energy and environment of bands that represent the face of musicians, their music, and the community of local music culture today.  

    There is a reception for the photographers on Saturday, June 21st from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Hill & Dale Records in Georgetown that will feature performances by Boardroom Heroes, Jonny Grave, and Drew Champion (The Coastals, Boardroom Heroes).

    This event is free of charge. The reception will also celebrate the release of “Suspect Device,” a collaboration between Empty Stretch and East Coast Rock & Roll Photography 2014 photographer Chris Suspect. 

    East Coast Rock & Roll Photography 2014 is a Govinda Gallery ‘pop-up’ exhibition and opens at Hill & Dale Records, 1054 31st Street NW, Washington DC, 20007, on June 10th, 2014 and continues through July 13th, 2014. Exhibition and store hours are Tuesday through Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday by appointment. 

    Hill & Dale Records was created for people who are looking for a place to discover, celebrate, and enjoy interesting music. East Coast Rock & Roll Photography 2014 was curated by Vivienne Foster. 

    For more information contact Govinda Gallery. 

    popart@govindagallery.com 
    (202) 333 1180 

     
  8. 1233 6th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. | Watch a Slide Show

     
  9. 7th and H Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

     
  10. 1421 Howard Street, San Francisco, Ca.