Month: August 2014

Seattle’s South Park neighborhood

South Park is located in south Seattle, surrounded by industrial activities, the Duwamish River, and some major arterials. It is, by Seattle standards, lower income, given the physical and built environment. Still, it is home to many families and others who live here, in single family homes, subsidized housing, and apartments. More Latinos call it home than any other racial or ethnic group. A number of Latino-owned businesses can be found in the main intersection at Cloverdale and South Fourteenth Avenue. The South Park Bridge, which has been under repair for four years, cutting off a lot of potential business for the area, finally reopened this summer. The bridge now includes a lot of steel artwork, which I like. I also spied some developments along the industrial Duwamish, on land claimed by the Port of Seattle. I have no idea what is happening there. (Click on each photograph to see a larger picture on a separate picture page.)


Grave of a Nez Perce warrior, Yellow Wolf

I passed through the Colville Reservation this summer, which encompasses a huge swath of land in the north central part of Washington State. On the way, I stopped at the Nez Perce Cemetery. The Nez Perce are among the 12 confederated tribes who make up the reservation. This is one of the graves in the cemetery. The gravestone reads: “Yellow Wolf / Patriot Warrior of the Nez Perce ‘lost cause’ 1877 / Marker placed by white friends”

The persecution of the Nez Perce led to one of the more sorrowful chapters of the conquest of the American West. In 1877, multiple U.S. Cavalry commanders chased more than 750 Nez Perce men, women, and families for more than 1,000 miles starting in Oregon all the way to the current border with Canada, though not in the lands managed by the Colville Reservation. This event and trail is now recognized as the Nez Perce Trail, commemorated by the U.S. Congress in 1968. In the words of one Nez Perce descendant, Frank B. Andrews: “We the surviving Nez Perces, want to leave our hearts, memories, hallowed presence as a never-ending revelation to the story of the event of 1877.”

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Must, must return to Hong Kong

My eyeballs exploded in Hong Kong. Everything was new, and every moment one I should capture on film. Here’s just one of those random moments. Advertising there had to be big, bolder, more awe-inspiring than what rank amateurs would practice elsewhere. Hey, it’s Hong Kong! Cannot believe it has been 10 years since my quick trip. Hmmm. (Click on the photo to see the picture on a separate picture page.)

Scene from a gun control rally


Washington state will have two competing ballot measures on the November ballot. One would require criminal background checks for all gun purchases including unregulated gun shows and individual sales, and the other would limit those checks and have somewhat limp federal standards be the prevailing regulation in the state. From the public health perspective, we have a major problem in this country with firearms. You can read the previous link for more details. I will vote in favor of the initiative supporting basic background checks, though I believe we can and should do a lot more to promote public health and reduce harm and injury. I took this picture at a rally in January 2013 in Seattle in support of greater controls over the sale of firearms, and advocates against any new regulation came to event to show their opposition, wearing handguns openly in Westlake Plaza in downtown Seattle. (Click on the photo to see a larger picture on a separate picture page.)

Father and son


More than a decade ago, I was enmeshed in world of black and white portrait photography and enlisted friends, coworkers, and strangers into my open air studio–meaning anywhere outside. Here is one from that time period, and both father and son today are doing just great. See more of my portraits on my web site portrait page. (Click on the photo go see the picture on a separate picture page.)

Before she leaves for college, moms and daughters (black and white)


This is the second of my portrait series of mothers and daughters, of F and her daughter K, but this time in black and white. I captured this just as K gets ready to leave home next month to pursue her new life at a four-year program. This is a wonderful time to capture the final moments of a full nest. All smiles here. (Click on each photo to see a larger picture on a separate picture page.)

Before she leaves for college, moms and daughters


This is the second in my series of moms and daughters pictures. I wanted to capture F and her daughter K before K left home to begin her four-year university program. Today, I will share a color photo from that set. Tomorrow, I will publish black and white photos. I really enjoyed this shoot. (Click on the photo to see a larger picture on a separate picture page.)


The lower Ballard whiskey loon shoot

The once industrial area of Seattle’s lower Ballard neighborhood is changing, much like the area around it. Ship and fishing businesses, tied to Salmon Bay, are now competing with yoga and karate studios. A few creative enterprises can be found, just below and near the Ballard Bridge. Here are a few of those businesses I spotted as I took a walk with my camera on a beautiful summer evening. (Click on each photograph to see a larger photo on a separate picture page.)

Steptoe Butte, the power mountain


Steptoe Butte is the tallest natural feature in the Palouse region of southeast Washington. Today it is a state park that provides a spectacular view of the wheat and other fields of this mostly agricultural area north of Pullman. According to some sources, this more than 3,,612-foot-tall peak, was sacred to indigenous groups, going by the name Eomoshtoss. Native residents reportedly visited the location to engage in vision quests. It is well worth a visit. And all that crop you see? That is wheat-miles and miles of wheat, just before harvest. (Click on the photo to see a larger picture on a separate picture page.)