The Vikings Instagram Group presented by PrimeSport is in the nation's capital to preview the Vikings game with the Washington Redskins Sunday.
In the last update from Vikings Instagram Group, the team took a whirlwind trip to London, England, and came home with a big team victory against the Cleveland Browns. Now with a 6-2 record, the Vikings are exiting the bye week and diving straight into the second half of the season with a road game against Washington (4-4).
As the team prepares to head to the Nation's capital this Sunday, Vikings Instagram Group took a trip around the District of Columbia to gaze at some of the most historic and monumental sites in the country. This week, we partnered with Carlos Sanchez to give us a digital sight-seeing tour from places like the Jefferson Memorial and Pennsylvania Avenue. We spoke with Carlos about his Vikings Instagram Group experience and his life as a photographer in DMV:
Q: Welcome to Vikings Instagram Group! What was your first thought when we asked you to join us and take photos for the team?
A: Curious and proud. To have work submitted for a professional football team is a dream come true, and yet I wasn't sure how I would put the project together.
Q: What's your Instagram handle? Tell us more about what you like to shoot.
A: My personal account is @charlieinspanish, but I also run @dctography, @streetmoodz and I am a member of the @dc.Chasers. For me, I'll shoot anything. However, I like to focus on two aspects: exposure and aperture. Exposure at night can greatly distort reality, and aperture with the right lens can create a story without words.
Q: In your own creative way, describe Washington D.C. in five words or fewer.
A: An evolving puzzle of landscapes
Q: Share one thing about Washington D.C. that many people wouldn't know.
A: Fall is by far the best season to visit. The city changes colors. The buildings and the architecture transform and seem wiser.
Q: Tell us where you took your photographs and why. Which is your favorite?
A: I spread my photos out around the city. My favorite is a tough question. If I had to choose one, I would say it was the one by the Vietnam Memorial. For those who do not know, the Memorial is a long, reflective wall with the names of all those who passed away during the Vietnam War. Veterans and family members visit the wall to remember their loved ones. To capture the helmet just behind the flag and in front of the Washington Monument, and to get that much reflection, was a huge success.
Q: Are you a sports fanatic? Tell us more about what games/teams you like to follow!
A: I am. I follow all sports except for golf (though I'm still not sure if that's a sport). I love all D.C. sports teams (Redskins, Nationals, Bullets, D.C. United and the Capitals). I also follow EPL, and my favorite team is Arsenal. I will say that growing up I used to idolize Rich Karlis mostly because his last name sounded like my first name (Karlis/Carlos), but also because he broke the record for most field goals kicked in a game. That game was televised in D.C., and when he broke the record, I remember cheering for the Vikings.
Q: Vikings fans love to travel with the team! Where can people catch a football game in Washington D.C. or the surrounding area?
A: That's a tough one. Lucky Bar on Connecticut Avenue is a super fun place to watch a game. Get there early, or else you'll be standing 'til the Sunday night game ends!
Kickoff between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins takes place at FedExField in Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 12, at noon on FOX. To follow along with the team's travels for the rest of the season, check out #VikingsIG on Instagram!