Bugs and buses abound…out of order these images are, Europe photos continue to marinate, Volkswagens are ready to come out into the light!
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This years festivities began, not unlike the last few…with the holier than thou protest, met by Queens. This year, the perfect diffuse antidote was a furry stalking with an arrow “GAY AF” sign, #enoughsaid.
…And about an hour in, we had a “pause” due to a #BlackLivesMatter protest – for 30 minutes in reverence. I was out of image range, in opposing riser, about a half block away, where police were hesitantly looking on. The parade emcee Queens in charge were able to help diffuse, allow us all to listen and peaceably give address to the protest. Well done Seattle. Because Black Lives DO Matter. It’s real, and whether we pause for 30 minutes or kneel as we listen to bombs blasting in air, we endeavor to be and do better. To that, I pledge allegiance.
So, onto the Wonder. Love, delayed as it maybe (sorry!)…Be that as it may, I do dedicate the love here, and the wonder, to all of those that are still recovering from horrible forces of nature and unconscionable forces of man…I pray in love and peace for all to see the Wonder of many tomorrows.
Pride and Strength march on. The following is brought to you by the small but mighty (thanks to the rented 55-140 2.8) Fuji X-T20, and maybe a wee iPhone shot or two-ish…
Greetings earthlings! Yesterday was Earth Day – so we went out in it. Many marched for Science – and I am so thankful. Science has allowed me to heal, and I am forever grateful to everyone who practices it everyday, everyone who discovers and all who push to the next frontier. Good science means good Earth. Yesterday, I finally felt well enough to go out amongst the tulips sprouting up from the damp earth, shooting some new electronics.
Today was the first day, clicking the new shutter of the Fuji X-T20 out in the world (& instantly instagramming!) – beyond our cat Thelma(lol). I wasn’t able to trounce through all the fields yet, but we did make it to the 2 main gardens up in the Skagit Valley – Roozengaarde and Tulip Town. I have 2 lenses so far – the kit 16-50mm and the Lensbaby Trio 28, the latter capturing most of the images(all the blurry and swirly backgrounds).
The Fuji is a huge change for me equipment wise – it’s mirrorless and a crop 1.6x sensor. I really wanted to shrink my kit size, and was looking at the mirrorless. They are all advanced now, and some great photographers are using them. I had focused the full frame Sony’s at first, but between the size, cost, and current tech, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. For mirrorless, one of the best was the Fuji line – but it was crop. So I researched, and found, that the performance, image quality, and body/lens styles all fit what I was looking for, so I took the leap. I am awaiting a fish eye to add to the kit for my travels to Europe next month. I imagine I will eventually replace the kit lens with a 16-55 2.8, and ultimately add a fast prime like the 50 2.0, and a longer fast zoom like the 50-140 2.8. Oh, and I still have access to the big 5d2 as it stays in the family;)
Earth Day 2017 was a bit overcast and damp at intervals, however, the Tulips shown through!
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Fashion in its purest form. This curated exhibit was stunning to behold – we are so lucky to have had it at the Seattle Art Museum. We, the hubs and I, caught it in the waning hours as its run came to a close. The book, The Perfection of Style, was sold out (much like the tickets were within an hour after we picked up ours), but I was able to find the book in stock online at Barnes and Noble (back order at the SAM and on Amazon) here. I highly recommend – it has everything from the exhibit and more. A must for any fashion historian and lover of the art of fashion, in my opinion.
So, fashion is in my heart, if not in my closet at all times. I graduated with a degree in Apparel Merchandising and Textiles from Washington State University. The study of it fascinated me from childhood. The textures, the business, the artists. So while my career path has decidely gone in a technical direction, my heart beats a little faster at illustrations of some of the greatest couture ever created. And make no mistake, Yves Saint Laurent was one of the great artists in this arena that is fashion, couture. YSL are initials that live beyond his life.
This exhibit brings the full arc of what he brought to our lives. Grand at it’s minimum. Stunning is yet an understatement.
I didn’t take my big camera because I wanted to take it in…but as is so often in life, I couldn’t help but record snaps of my own. Come with me as I tour(ed) the fabulous views of what was exhibited.
With all the events that have abounded in the world of late, it’s important to remember what will triumph, what must.
Seattle Pride – Love is always felt at this event, and all the similar pride parades and festivals that happen all over the world every June…The rainbows shine, and the sheer love bonds us all. Pride parade is demonstration of all that is good, open and free amongst us. It is my favorite demonstration. I feel like it is all about promoting positivity and love. I admit I prefer this approach that always feels inclusive, and fun. I love to capture the joy and love every year.
And 2016, reflections of the love we send out. With love, Seattle.
Oh my…first post of the year at practically the half way point…oops! Well, I suppose I will start off with something fun:) I got the chance to come out to Neumos to help support my friends nephew’s band White Reaper. They were on tour here opening for Electric Six. So fun – and loud. Makes me think I might need to get back out there more…we’ll see! It was a family affair as my friends sister, the lead singers mom, was also came out here to Seattle for the show…good times.
They are fun young band…good looking young guys that clearly enjoy playing music. I hope to see and hear more from them – their newest record ‘…does it again’ drops this month from Polyvinyl records.
…my camera heads to big apple in a couple days, so likely images from the concrete jungle will follow next week, and then Pride the following weekend at the end of the month – rainbows will abound!
For now – enjoy the fun pix of @whitereaperUSA –
2014…and that is it…
Kind of a fast and furious year. My camera only left my bag on occasion, or request. Some images never left my cards, before reformat…well that may have been a slight forgetful error, but still.
As in recent years past, a lot of images were captured in snapshot form, via iPhone to Instagram&Tumblr. There’s a fair bit of life that’s caught here, that I would never pull the big rig out for. I know I also enjoy a look back at the moments, the scenes, the selfies
There was also the chance to try out a Sony full frame mirrorless and shoot it along side my Canon 5d2…it did pretty well. I might get one before traveling abroad this next year…can’t beat the size/quality ratio, that is for sure.
A couple trips…
And Victory, amongst the many good times in #fullframe…
And on to 2015…check out a small selection of 2014 below, or to review full sets, check the full 2014 collection
Noise for the Needy has been raising money via this awesome local festival for 10 years. A great run, for many great causes along the way. So many great bands, great people, and a great event. I am so happy to have captured it via images for the last 7 years, since 2008. It’s been an honor to have photographed 7 festivals, 15 shows altogether, and too many bands to count. It’s been a special thing for me. Even after I stopped shooting music regularly in early 2012, I kept coming out for this event. For me it was that perfect confluence of art, creativity, and community coming together.
Given the finale, I can’t help but bring back some of my favorite images from years past.
I have loved shooting this festival…and I will miss it and all that it represents. I am so happy I got to be even a small part of it, capturing the moments; and a bit sad it’s all over.
But alas, it’s all in the photos…so enjoy this last stand, live from the Tractor Tavern(ok, 2weeks later, but eh?!)…
#nftn spirit forever.
Pride turned 40 this year, in Seattle…
But, let’s be honest, the theme to this years pride was brought to you by one wise man, waving the intergalatical vulcan salute: “live long and prosper”…yes, I’m talking about Mr. Takei:)
George drove up and down 4th Ave, pre parade, gleeful in his celebrity Grand Marshall status. For me it was a highlight to click. And honestly, he was not the lone notable out there…the younger crowd went crazy when Macklemore drove by, and then again, when he climbed out of his car…cue the squee-fest, and the rush to the car…
Not to be out done, the Mayor, was out glad handing, shaking everyones hand before the parade, and then again during the parade. Honestly, he seemed a little buttoned up – literally, but clearly he was enjoying the day – can’t really ask for more.
The parade, as it often does, featured lots of politicians, corporations, churches, community organizations, and let’s not forget, the fabulous.
I love shooting it, and this was the 7th consecutive year shooting Pride(full collection here) – it’s how I participate if that makes sense, recording it in my way for posterity. I fell in love with the love and life of it, back in 2008, and every subsequent year, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. I am planning on doing something when I hit the decade mark, still pondering that;)
Until then, I’ll just wallow in the love. So much so, I really don’t want to even barely acknowledge the ignorance that showed up before the festivities…I decided to shoot through it, or in between it, and captured the pure joy that countered it instead. If you were there, you understand what I mean, if not, better even;) I was pretty proud of Seattle triumphing over those that clearly didn’t understand the whole point… The energy of Pride, wins every time. Love.
Yes, much love, including Bert and Ernie, the Sisters, Nordstrom, Wonder Woman, a surprising Debra Messing doppelganger, and well, endless Glam. Yeah, I love it;)
Yes, it’s Seattle, West Seattle to be specific…where we have this little beachy part of town we call Alki…it’s where all the hipster yuppies who wear flip flops(and have too much money) live. There is sand, and yes, even palm trees…to go with the jagged mountain back drop. And before you round the bend heading to Alki point, you look back and see the gorgeous Seattle skyline(that would be downtown, from across Elliot Bay). It is beautiful here, and days like this, remind us why we all live here in the pacific northwest…and why the rest of the world can only dream of our emerald city:) Some of my faves from this gorgeous walk to the beach last weekend…