Event Photography

I got hold of a cool thing – I’m a volunteer photographer for Town Hall Seattle. Event photographer. There are others. From the schedule of events (lectures, symposiums, recitals, performances) that Town Hall hosts, we each select those we want to cover. The images are owned by Town Hall, we merely get the pleasure of the experience and knowing we’re contributing something useful to a worthy community member. There are three or four events per week.

This year the Town Hall venue itself is undergoing major renovations. But, not to pause a good thing in the middle of a great ride, they’re still hosting events, in venues all around Seattle.

It’s neat to practice my photography skills, from capture to post-processing, and see the results as something useful.

I’ll see how this goes. In a few months I can call it quits or keep going. But, so far, so good.

Town Hall owns the images I take, and so I attribute this image, below, to them. Leonard Mlodinow lectured last night, on Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change.


Class Ends

Getting behind on blog entries. Less important to me right now.

But, a good ending for my creative photo class at PCNW this past winter term. It was good taking a class that emphasized creativity and expression, instead of technical expertise. The tech classes were great, they appealed to me and fit my needs. Now it’s all about exposure to art, and being pushed. Got some of both, yes. From the class, but also from volunteering in PCNW’s Digital Lab – mixing it up with artists, photographers both commercial and fine art, and lots of aspiring students. Good.

Turned in a final class project. I’ll skip the project proposal and artist’s statement – I think I “got it” and did well. The images I showed were also good, when paired with my statement.

Aw heck, here’s the statement and here are the photos. You had to be there, I think: the prints were arrayed in an ascending slope to the middle image, and then descending back to the first image, inverted.




These images are intended to do three things:

  •  Display the rhythm that exists within wood, even seemingly dead wood
  •  Link dead and dormant wood to life itself
  •  Show the rhythm of “the woods” that is there for any wandering soul to notice


Seven images are displayed in the form of a “pulse”:

  •  In death there is life (fungus)
  •  Dormancy is proof that life is present
  •  Life is everything, and the observer, rising above, moves in a way that makes life itself appear to move
  •  And then, the inevitable:  If there is to be life, there must be dormancy, and death.  And the death allows the next pulse of life.


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