Thursday, March 28, 2013

Self Portrait Design

Well, that is yours truly, putting the finishing touches (or so it would seem) on a 1:1 scale drawing.  This is from back in my design school days, back when I had dark hair, and lots of it.

Meant To Last

You know a Tony Smith sculpture when you see one, this being, "Stinger", in Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Design Crime

One of my favorite sculptures, er towers, the Seattle Space Needle as seen from below, and recast as a two tone.  

I photographed this image back around 1984 with my Nikon FE2.  I miss that camera.  This was long before the site was cluttered up with the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum, a building designed by Frank Gehry, and founded by Paul Allen.  In a rare show of criticism, in my opinion, the EMP building clashes badly with the tectonic Space Needle, and the museum experience itself is completely static and forgettable.  The site selection for the museum, if it should have been built at all, should have been a short walk from Seattle Center.  As it is, the Gehry building looks as if it had been blowing in the wind, and got stuck under the Space Needle.  On account of proximity, especially, this is a design crime.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Slide Form

Long ago, when I used to primarily shoot slides, that is, a positive media on a transparent base, I photographed the above image from the vantage of Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington.  As I recall, I was just testing out my new Nikon FE2 and having a ton of fun.  In those days, before the digital revolution, you selected your shots carefully, not to waste film.  Now you just fire away, with little or no restraint, a different experience.

It is amazing how an image like the one above can take you right back.