Our Nation’s River, a Journey down the Potomac in Photographs


Local artist presents a selection of Photographs from three years of exploring the length of the Potomac River.

Local artist and teacher Jonathan Weiner present a selection of Photographs highlighting the beauty of our Nation’s River.

“Our Nation’s River, a Journey down the Potomac in Photographs” Opens July 11th and runs through August 15th at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop located at 545 7th Street SE, Washington D.C. 20003.

The color photographs are printed from traditional slide film and are culled from a larger body of work that took over three years to create.  The photographs explore the length of the Potomac River from its humble origin in the Appalachian Mountains, through our Nation’s Capital to the River’s grand joining with the Chesapeake Bay.

Opening reception is Saturday, July 11, 5:00-7:00 pm.

Washingtonians are far too familiar with traffic jams at the many bridges spanning our Nation’s River but few of us take notice of the great beauty and character of the river flowing below.

Where does this great river begin? Where does it end? And what lies in between?  These are the questions Jonathan answers in this complex and beautiful body of work.

About the artist:

Jonathan Weiner studied photography at The Corcoran School of Art and at Montgomery College.  He also studied at the University of Alaska and De Montfort University in Leicester, England where he centered his attention on media and fine art. Later he earned a Master’s in Education from George Washington University.

Jonathan interned as a photographer with the Gazette Newspapers and the Washington Times and has worked freelance for the Gazette.  He has assisted professional and commercial photographers and has worked as an image editor with online publications.

Jonathan’s work experience also includes positions as a laborer, fish cutter, small engine mechanic, carpenter, television production assistant, video editor, editorial assistant, journalist, radio news anchor and salesman.

Jonathan grew up in Washington, D.C., not far from the banks of the Potomac River.  A perfect childhood day for Jonathan included fishing and exploring the banks of the Potomac with friends.  Later, he would canoe and sail the river’s waters and explore the wilds of western Maryland and West Virginia.

To complete this project, Jonathan drew on his talents as a photographer, his experience as a journalist, his local knowledge of the area and his love of the Potomac River.

Jonathan resides in the District and is currently a primary school art teacher in Fairfax, Virginia.