It is for me at least. This year I’m revisiting my zine scheme from 2012. Here’s a preview of what I’m working on. When I’m done I’ll just have two new zines this year- a general portfolio, and an installment of ‘illume’, which features my commissioned documentary work. These things are a ton of effort to produce, but so worth it I think. It’s becoming imperative these days to, whenever one has the opportunity, break up the digital with a little analog.
I was out of town when this whole thing started. Sunny California felt strange when every journalist I know in Seattle was racing up to cover this mess, the worst natural disaster Washington State has seen in many years. About 4 days after it happened I was back in Seattle, and despite my kid’s lingering illness, my wife cleared me to head up when CNN called. I teamed up with staff writer Chelsea Carter and focused in on the community of Darrington, how folks have pulled together to get through this. Perhaps more impressive than the slide itself is the indomitable strength and resilience of this town.
A nice full-page presentation of my last Salish Sea photo trip appears in the current High Country News. Big thanks to Andrew Cullen for tracking me down and making some nice editing choices.
Spring is nigh. As is race season. I’ve been gearing up to continue my racer series this year, going through my scans and seeing what direction I should be pointing myself. Lo and behold I came across this gem. Dan Walker. A bit of a legend on the local circuit. Not sure why this picture didn’t make the grade first round, but it won’t happen again.
Just before Christmas I drove out to Cedar Creek Corrections Center, down past Olympia, out to where the Olympic Peninsula starts looking like the Olympic Peninsula. Spent the afternoon with dogs and their ‘offender’ handlers for a story about inmates training service dogs for veterans. Pretty interesting. Best part was a conversion with a guard about a very polite, unassuming elderly gentleman who happened to be an Aryan nation shot caller with a knack for making folks ‘disappear.’