downtown Dallas

Dallas Police Memorial by Brian Maschino

Dallas police and city officials marched downtown for the annual Dallas Police Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

The first time since the July 2016 ambush downtown, Dallas added the name of Officer Rogelio Santander to their police memorial adjacent to city hall this week. Santander died last month after an incident at a Lake Highlands Home Depot.

Dallas’ own Police Memorial Day falls after the national May 15th Peace Officers Memorial Day, which many departments and cities recognize during Police Week.

Inside (and out) the annual NRA Meetup by Brian Maschino

Thousands descended upon Dallas for the National Rifle Association's Annual Meetings & Exhibits at Kay Bailey Hutchison the weekend of May 4, 2018. The highlight of the convention included speaking moments by Vice-President Mike Pence and President Donald J. Trump during the NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) Leadership Forum, Saturday morning and afternoon.

Despite a sharp increase in anti-NRA and gun-reform rhetoric locally and nationwide, the NRA safely held their convention while protests periodically broke out across the street at Dallas City Hall - both large and minimally attended.

Solar Eclipse Watch 2017 by Brian Maschino

I didn't prepare too, too much for the solar eclipse this year; after all, we wouldn't even experience totality here in Dallas. Seeing I wasn't able to make a 400-something-mile trip to get the full effect, I took the opportunity to waltz up to the Perot Museum in downtown and photograph some of the chaos happening there.

One station allowed viewers to see a shadow of the moon slowly cover the sun through various optics.

Wannabe star-gazers and 15-minute celestial "experts" littered the Perot's plaza for a chance at free eclipse glasses (that actually work) and other fun eclipse-related activities, courtesy of the museum. 

Because I was working on assignment for this, I was lucky enough to snag some contraband eclipse glasses after they ran out, which I shared with my partner who came along to view the spectacle that is a partial solar eclipse. We were initially worried we would not get to actually see the partial eclipse because of this perceived shortage of glasses.

All in all, the eclipse-watching party was a lot of fun and a grand success, albeit crazy packed and chaotic.

Probably the most exciting part was photographing the moment an Uptown eclipse watcher proposed to his girlfriend at the moment Dallas saw it's peak showing.

Uptown resident John Posada proposes to his girlfriend of 1 year 4 months, McKenna Post, under the shade of the partial eclipse.

Below are a few more selections from my time at the Perot on Monday, but feel free to see the full gallery over at the Dallas Observer, or read more about eclipse proposals over at the New York Post, whom also picked up my photo.