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TO OCT. 30
Paul Simon sang of a man who sees “angels in the architecture/Spinning in infinity/He says amen! And hallelujah!” That must have been the feeling Washington photographer Holly Foss experienced following an accident near Boston that, she says, should have killed her. She was unconscious for two months, then spent roughly two more months recuperating at Georgetown University Hospital. “In leaving and going outside for the first time, I took notice [of] what I had not taken note of or [had] taken for granted before,” Foss says. In a series of 16 black-and-white photographs, Foss seeks to document the façades and front doors of Georgetown, from formal (textured stone, wrought-iron fences, and draped flags) to lighthearted (the matching dogs-with-baskets ornaments on one porch) to a touch absurdist (a house overwhelmed by shrubbery). Though her images’ contrast and focus are at times uneven, Foss maintain a timeless approach, minus a few anachronisms, such as the occasional security camera or modernist sculpture. Her best images, though, are those with an organic touch—the surprisingly evocative scum on the surface of the C&O Canal or the rain-slicked pavement in front of a row of town houses (pictured). In that last image especially, the ethereal water droplets on the lens give one a feeling for the angels Foss must have been channeling in the neighborhood’s architecture. The show is on view from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, to Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW. Free. (202) 463-0203. (Louis Jacobson)