D.C.'s famed cherry blossoms have finally (finally) bloomed, ringing the Tidal Basin with puffy pink clouds of flowers.
At night, the trees' colors fade. They become silhouettes against the city's brightly lit skies. Unless, of course, you take it upon yourself to light them up.
This is what Jacques Domenge does with a technique known as "light painting." He sets his camera (a Canon 5D Mark II), mounted to a Gorillapod, to the bulb setting and then methodically waves a flashlight (the Fenix TK35, "the most powerful flashlight I could find") across his composition. Each picture can take anywhere from 30 seconds to three or four minutes. Sometimes people walk in front of the camera while he is taking the picture, but they don't show up if he doesn't "paint" them with his flashlight.
Domenge has recently gotten inspired by the organizational-development model known as Appreciative Inquiry, which urges people to spend less time and effort on problem solving and more on finding and then bolstering good things. "If you think of the greatest thinkers of the world -- the people who have done the greatest things -- none of them were looking to solve some problem, they were all thinking: How could this be great?" he told me.