The Varangians were the elite forces of the Byzantine army- much like the Praetorian Guard of ancient Rome or the Ottoman Janissaries. They were originally made up exclusively of Vikings (which the empire had been hiring as mercenaries since the 800s), but after the Norman Conquest of England a bunch of exiled Anglo-Saxons were added to the mix. By the 1100s there were so many English that it was commonly being referred to as the ‘Anglo-Varangian’ Guard. As the empire declined, the Varangians also fell on hard times. By the middle of the 1300s they had largely ceased to function and the last mention of them is in the first decade of the 1400s.
Bing Wrights: Broken Mirror / Evening Sky , 2012
James Harris Gallery is pleased to present Broken Mirror/Evening Sky, a new series of striking landscape photographs by New York based artist Bing Wright. Departing from his usual pared down images in grey palettes, Wright offers us moving skyscape photographs of richly colored sunsets reflected onto broken mirrors. This new body of work marks his first return to color photography in almost a decade
Looks like another snow day in the District. When you are shoveling your driveway today, be thankful its not the deck of a carrier! This photo shows sailors clearing the flight deck of the USS Nimitz in Bremerton in 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Winn/Released)