In moving to Seattle, I was a bit taken aback by the size of the city and the rows upon rows upon rows of houses. For my own sanity, I decided to scale the city down and focus my exposure of it on small elements of culture and nature. Thus, resulted in a Monday of beaches and bands.
People often leave behind personal traces to mark their existence, to record their experiences. "I was here, I lived, I saw, I am." One of my favorite examples of this practice is the careful stacking of rocks; the creation of a cairn. Cairns are often used as trail markers in the backcountry, but are showing up more and more in urban areas as an expression of life and art. I photographed this beach-bleached log and its population of cairns at Carkeek park.
Seattle is known for its plethora of live music and its draw for creative and unique work. I have the lucky fortune to know Tommy Panigot of Garage Voice (above) and have been introduced to Seattle's music scene through a web of new friends. The Head and The Heart (below) headlined the show. They are worth checking out. Although I don't believe I will become a band photographer anytime soon, I have a bit of an aversion to high ISOs, I had a lot of fun shooting throughout the night and working with unfamiliar light. Plus the music was great, so you really can't go wrong.