Family Album 1

I have been interested in snapshots (vernacular photographs) and old postcards for some time.  I like to make up stories about them.  Usually these fabrications  just leap out of the picture.  I have assembled many of these into what I call my “Family Album” and I will post some of them in…

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Ritzville 5, More Upstairs

First let me fix an error in last weeks post where I incorrectly associated the Ballroom spaces with the Orris Dorman Building.  The ballroom and other spaces that I included are on the second floor of the old German American Bank Building and that building now houses an active bank and…

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Ritzville 4 Upstairs

Recently I was allowed to photograph in the space above the Orris Dorman Building on Main Street in Ritzville.  Upstairs there is a grand ballroom and the remains of various offices.  This entire space is being lovingly restored by local volunteers.  The ground floor has been used as a saloon and…

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Eastern WA North, South, East, West

My photographic work in eastern Washington has concentrated on showing the ordinary in interesting ways – “beauty” where it is easily overlooked or to illustrate stories. I introduced my 4 Corners work some time ago (Neighborhoods August 18th).  Here is a different version of that concept.  Although there is much…

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Excitement

Last week I  was able to make another excursion to eastern Washington after avoiding going over during the long, extremely hot summer.  I was able visit with old friends and rephotograph many areas.  I also wanted to try to look at the landscape with new eyes, and start exploration of some areas…

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Key Key

This weeks post is a little different, alright A LOT DIFFERENT.  Recently I was in Everett, WA and after dropping my wife off at the train station had time for some photography.  I had stopped to work on the Snohomish County Courthouse (a project I will mention in some future…

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Trees 2

I have submitted 10 tree photos for the October exhibit at Brackenwood Gallery, Langley, WA.  Therefore, I decided to present some ‘Words Behind the Image’ for a few of them that you probably have not seen before. Magpie Nest The tree with an exposed magpie nest stands isolated in a…

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Aluminum

Exterior, Columbia Gorge Aluminum Plant The Columbia Gorge Aluminum Plant is adjacent to the John Day Dam.   Aluminum smelting plants require prodigious amounts of electrical energy – we were told that this plant consumed enough electricity to power the city of Portland!  It operated between 1971 and 2003.  My…

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Harrington 2

Harrington United Methodist Church Hwy 23 or 3rd street is the road along which ‘downtown’ Harrington is spread.  That is where you will find  the Opera House and the abandoned gas station mentioned in last weeks post along with many interesting old buildings. Hotel Lincoln I met Jerry and Karen Allen…

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Harrington 1

  Harrington, looking south  Harrington is a town of about 400 in Lincoln County due north of Ritzville. In appearance it is more like the communities of the more prosperous Palouse wheat country than its southern neighbors of the hardscrabble region. However, it suffers the same notable vacant buildings and…

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