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Totem – #WE35 Expedition May


“Black Lives Matter” banner hanging on the side of a downtown Olympia building

Today is the first blog post of three that make up my submission to Expedition May of the WE35 Research Project.  Expedition May assignment was to photograph a local event or gathering and tell its story using 3 images.  The three images are of a totem, a moment and a portrait.

For those that have been following the news you might have seen the story of a recent officer involved shooting in West Olympia that involved a white OPD police officer and 2 black men who had allegedly attempted to steal a case of beer from a local grocery story.  I will no go into a great deal of detail about that shooting, you can use your favorite internet search tool and find out more than I could ever recap, and this post is in no means meant to express my opinions on what happened, IMO the investigation is still ongoing and I like to withhold these types of comments until I feel I have a good amount of the information available.  This post, as well as the 2 to follow are meant to document the event, not to comment on it.

Today’s image, as well as the next two that I will share, are from the first protest at city hall after the shooting.  For what I hope are obvious reasons I choose the above image as my “Totem” image as it feel it truly represented protest itself.

Stay tuned, my “Moment” and “Portrait” images will be coming early next week.

The Dalby Water Wheel

The Dalby Water Wheel

The Dalby Water Wheel in Union, WA on the Hood Canal

There doesn’t seem to be much history online about the Dalby Water Wheel, but the signs at the wheel indicate that this water wheel not only was important to the Union, WA area on Hood Canal, but also helped play a part in helping shape Seattle, where the wheel was first used.

We first came across the Dalby Water Wheel a year ago when we drove through Union just after dark, it was to dark to stop and try to get some pictures, but we returned over the long Memorial Day weekend and I made this image yesterday.

Twice The Kiss – #WE35 Expedition

Twice The Kiss

An in camera double exposure of The Kiss in downtown Olympia

I really enjoyed the April expedition, it was sort of a flashback to the film days when I would do in-camera double exposures. In those days you always sort of hoped that you ended up with an interesting image. In the modern digital world it is so easy to combine images in Photoshop that I hadn’t given much thought to doing them in camera again.

For the April expedition I loaded the “multiple exposure” app into my Sony a6000 and headed to Percival Landing here in Olympia. I have shot “The Kiss” many times in the past, this is the first time that I have made a double exposure of it. I really enjoy the surreal effect that this image conveys, but beyond that I really was shocked out simply doubling up, and in this case reversing, something can add something entirely new. Take a look at the very center of this image and tell me what you see there?

Day and Night – The WE35 March Expedition



The March expedition was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The first thought that came to mind when it was announced was that I was going to have to do something contrasting, day and night are in contrast to each other and are basically two sides of the same coin.

After a few aborted ideas I decided to really play with both contrast as well as the “same coin” idea and came up with these two images. These images both have Capitol Lake here in Olympia in them. Both are shot in the same general area, the day shot is from the north shooting south and the night is from the south shooting north. What ties them together is that in both cases you can see the location I was standing to shoot the opposing image.

Downtown Oly



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Under The Dome


Under The Dome

Today’s blog image takes us under the dome of the Washington State Capitol building here in Olympia.

This image is from a recent photowalk I took around the capitol campus as part of the #WE35 project I am a part of.

I have a few “favorite” images from that days walk, but I keep coming back to this one as maybe being at the top of the list.  There is something about this image that reminds me of being on a very old European church.

I hope you enjoy it and who knows, maybe there will be a color image returning to the blog soon, but I can promise at least a few more black and white ones.

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