WASHINGTON - D.C. police officer Shaun Heffelman uses his time on the streets to uncover a hidden world through his amazing black and white photography.
An eight year veteran, Heffelman developed a passion for street photography while on a recent family vacation. He said he fell in love with the unmediated chance encounters that street photography brings.
"Riding around in a police car, you get to see a lot of things that other people don't pay attention to on a daily basis," he said. Heffelman says that he doesn't take photos while on duty. Instead, he says, he revisits places that he encountered while on the job.
Heffelman said the diversity of the city always captures his attention. He calls black and white photography "timeless" and says the conditions need to be just right.
"I think that photography has actually made me a better police officer," Heffelman said. "You see them in a different light - they see you in a different light - when I don’t have that uniform on."