Getting to shoot this assignment was a complete honor. Some text from the TOC:
The first thing I remember hearing about Oso was how tough folks are up there. Any report about the slide seemed to include an account of how people were standing back up, doing what had to be done. When I arrived in late March 2014, just a few days after the slide, that’s exactly what I saw: People were busy. My assignment then was to cover the community’s coming together and efforts to make things right. It was hard to keep up. My time felt like a whirlwind, and after just a few days I headed back to Seattle, exhausted.
Going back up for this assignment (“Collapse,” page 66), almost exactly six months later, felt like another thing entirely. The time in between had allowed for real reflection, and I wanted to make portraits that had that kind of gravity. Film was an obvious choice. It slows everything down, makes everything seem more intentional, collaborative almost. Somehow that extra time focusing and loading film allows you to consider what you’re doing out there in the mud, and what these pictures might end up saying. —Mike Kane, photographer
Ozy is dope. I’m loving the vibe of this new news site, from content to design. And it helps that my good buddy Eustacio Humphrey is pulling some of the marionette strings. Great to be taking orders from him again (my former boss at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer).
Things went a little off script after Mr. Gates left the stage at the Boao Forum the other day. His exit wasn’t very well executed and the crowd took advantage, crushing in and adding just a touch of rock and roll to an otherwise pretty straight-laced affair. Only two faces not smiling here: Bill and the guy in charge of getting him out of there.
This was an interesting assignment about SPD’s LEAD program (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion). My job, in addition to taking portraits of the key voices in the piece, was to portray some of the seedier elements of Belltown and Pioneer Square. Great to work with Photography Director Anna Dickson and writer Saki Knafo.
Mark Driscoll may be having problems with the Seattle-based hipster mega church that he co-founded. Nice article by Michael Paulson.
Not often a shoot in Seattle is considered LA local. Kind of a cool story about a garage sale find of a family heirloom and the namesake great nephew of a forgotten tennis legend.