Charmed Sister writes: I was in Washington the past 2 weeks, and imagine my surprise when I happened to be staying at the same hotel as Viggo Mortensen. This was a stroke of luck. I bumped into him at the lobby of the hotel, and he was very gracious and polite. Knowing how he is about stardom, etc., I refrained from asking for a photo (although I had my camera on me) or an autograph. I merely approached him and told him that it was an honor to meet him and that I loved his work. He smiled, said thank you and wished me a great day. He looked great, as usual.

Since my stay in Washington coincided with his Miyelo exhibit at the Addison/Ripley Gallery in Georgetown, DC, I made it a point to see his photos in person. The gallery is a little out of the way, but it is definitely worth the trip. The pictures are visually stunning. The colors jump out at you, and the stories and poems that accompany them are thought-provoking and fascinating. The exhibit is a wonderful way to see another side of Viggo, along with getting to know a little more about this wonderful culture of native Americans. For those of you who will actually get to see the exhibit, my personal favorite was Miyelo 12 (going for 3,200$). The prices of the photos range from 585$-5,820$ and they are definitely worth that much (if someone has that kind of money to spend). They also sell a book of all the Miyelo photos. The hardcover is about 60$, and the softcover is 32$.

The exhibit runs through to October 23, 2004. If you can, make the trip … you won’t regret it.

Visit the Addison/Ripley Gallery website.