Dawn beyond the gates
I will probably be grateful all my life for the gates, external and internal, that opened this year. I can only wish the same for all of you in the next.
Sliver of sky
Greetings of the season
I think they mean it
Not all Christmas wishes are answered
Here's a version that's easier to read.
A bit of a Minor White thing going here
Counting in octal
Bringing it in
Passing through the patterns
Open plan office
nocklebeast, on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 9:53 AM:
drive it like you stole it!
The inspector arrives
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 2:18 PM:
This is so catchy I'll be humming it all afternoon.
Protected from the snow
Also stepping out
Ready to, at least.
Prepared for weather
This would have worked better if I had managed to get a bit more of the "No" in "Nordstrom" into the frame, but that's shooting on the street.
The city descends into cubism
The story behind this photo is that this woman is looking to see what I was taking a picture of.
Beaming in 2
Lots of travelers these days.
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 9:19 AM:
Whoa, that's quite an effect! Are you just moving the camera along with him, or a dozen other things going on here?
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM:
Yep, just panning with him, and he's in front of a super-weird glowing art thing downtown by the Convention Center.
Beaming in 1
nocklebeast, on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 9:21 AM:
John Taylor, on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 10:23 AM:
Put to bed 6
Put to bed 5
Put to bed 4
Put to bed 3
Put to bed 2
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 12:13 PM:
Love that winter sunlight!
Put to bed 1
Last week, Seattle was granted a bit of precious fall sun in a gap between a series of storms that have soaked the city. I visited a p-patch near our house to see how people were putting their gardens to bed for the winter.
What that means for you, dear reader, is a week of color. Try to control your enthusiasm...
Outside the Turf
That's this Turf.
In flight 3
In flight 2
In flight 1
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 12:52 PM:
I love this series so much.
In motion 3
In motion 2
In motion 1
Say what you will, it really brightens the place up
Hitting the shops
I'd be the first to admit that sometimes my photos fall more on the side of noise than signal.
But, you know, given my influences, I come by it honestly.
Leaving a wake
Look that way
I think I'm officially obsessed with one-way signs.
Luke is still practicing
I wonder if these warnings are related
Charon, with votives
Is there a scythe in that bundle?
Bit of a predation theme here...
Running when chased
Rural noir 5
Rural noir 4
Rural noir 3
Rural noir 2
And now, a rural noir interlude
Urban pumpkin patch
heather, on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 11:51 AM:
Beautiful! And festive :-)
The Kid runs the first tests on her time machine
amy leigh monkey queen, on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 4:19 PM:
this may be my favorite one ever. which is saying a lot.
Three from the Island
That's Orcas Island. Watch me flex my West Coast Landscape style.
f/64 in tha mutha()* house!
Afternoon sun 2
Afternoon sun 1
nocklebeast, on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 8:33 PM:
It seems as if the sun is on offense.
Cloudy and clouded
I shot this thinking it was going to end up black and white, but I like the color version better.
Joshua Clark, on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 7:47 AM:
Claude, on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 5:57 PM:
I always liked your titles but "Yes?"
I can't figure out this one.
How about switching it to this one (do you remember it from Cheech and Chong:
Dave's not here
Then we saw the machine itself
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 3:34 PM:
The machine herself?
Eventually we reached the center of the facility
Watchers in the depths
The light is leaking down the alley
A cup full of late afternoon light
For what it's worth, The Kid pronounced this "The most amazing photo you've ever taken!"
Yes. Be impressed.
A complaint I think we've all had from time to time
Surprise! Sun and color!
Gotta keep you guessing.
Guards at the gate of the city
The underground city
I rarely see photos in color, and I rarely compose photos with the subject dead center... but sometimes you have to.
Dawn on the veldt
He prefers "Nicky Santo" in the off season
You can only use this ladder when it isn't set up
Looking Glass 2
Looking Glass 1
chrys, on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 2:59 PM:
Joshua Clark, on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 8:37 AM:
Oh hi, black-and-white me!
Scurrying through the giant's library
heather, on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 3:49 PM:
I like this one, because I had to scroll from top to bottom on my screen to see the full picture, and that just added to the effect!
After straw and sticks
heather, on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM:
As fall approaches, the city begins to warp under its own weight
It's sunny in my head, at least
heather, on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 9:58 PM:
Now it's sunny in my head too! Thanks!
One for Mr. Erwitt
Kinda looks like Elliott, too, really.
Detecting the watchers
And what a year it's been.
Danger cow? Dancer low?
What is this sign about?
Nurse log, St. Edwards Park
The moment the invasion began
Gangsta snowman shines through
Study in orange, blue, and dinge
Another beautiful Beijing morning
How did anyone survive the olympics?
The air, however, not so delicious.
Another delicious breakfast
Delicious breakfast of street food
Plenty of messages
You may be able to tell that I was more than a little obsessed with the subways in Beijing.
Crowded on the ascent
... in more senses than one. I was in Beijing last week for work, and while I was there I managed to spend just a bit of time taking photos. Naturally some of them will show up here.
Overtime at the plant
Bunyan Construction does a little work on the city
John Taylor, on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 7:36 AM:
made me smile, oh and i like your old truck series a lot as well
Out for a stroll
This is one of my rare street photos where I thought it wasn't as strong in black and white.
Angular urban streams
Trying to hold on
With bonus extra apostrophe!
nocklebeast, on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 9:05 PM:
When I first came to Santa Cruz there was a furniture store that took 2-3 years to go out of business, with sales slogans like, "Mattress Massacre Happening Now!"
Man deconstructing in the street
Once again, I make ze leetle joke.
Downhill, with light leak
I was having... issues that day.
Watchers 3 (Cat's eye)
nocklebeast, on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 4:41 PM:
Broke my own rule here
That rule being "Homeless people don't come into my house and take pictures of me, I don't take pictures of them on the street."
I couldn't help this one, though.
Tim, on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM:
Interestingly .. that band, The Little Darlings ... are worth a listen ...
This makes more sense if you can see the ladies on the bridge.
Communicating with the tower
Delicious and nutritious
Independence Day Angel
Buddha of the hoops
CAN'T SLEEP CHEF WILL COOK ME
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM:
Ever so melancholy.
The drowned world
heather, on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 10:50 PM:
Cool picture! Love this one.
heather, on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM:
That is one of the more realistic faces I've seen on a manniquin. Kinda creepy. Especially when combined with the lines that show where the hands attach to the arms :-)
heather, on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 10:52 PM:
love this. Moreso if the guy is not intentionally mimicking the statue pose.
This one's for Del
That's Mr. The Funky Homosapien, of course.
Who you lookin' at?
heather, on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM:
Freaky! wonder what the kid thought :-)
And boy, are my arms tired
We flew back to Seattle on Saturday after a two week trip to California — we saw friends and ate great food in San Francisco, then went a bit north to the Russian River for a few days, and then south to Monterey for a few days.
And, I'm sure you'll be surprised, in the process I shot a lot of photos.
I'm still editing them down, but I thought I'd start with a few of the photos I shot on the street while we were hiking across San Francisco. It's so great to get a new city to shoot in, and I had a lot of fun getting to shoot there.
nocklebeast, on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 6:32 PM:
in a square hole.
It's spring, and the blackberries are on the march in the pacific northwest
Texture obsession 4
Texture obsession 3
Texture obsession 2
Texture obsession 1
Travel is good for the soul
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM:
Your timing is impeccable.
Really? No? That's it?
Triangles and spheres, after Rodchenko
That'd be my man Aleksander Rodchenko, leader of the designer/photographer club.
nocklebeast, on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 8:18 AM:
Color?! How did that sneak in here?
Dawn Redwood 2
Chrys, on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM:
That is spectacular!
Marks the spot
Bloedel 6 (After Mary Randlett)
Sophia Katt, on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 7:41 AM:
From a historylink.com article on Randlett:
"In 1986, she earned $4,000 for photographing the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, to capture the essence of the place. The photos illustrated another of Kreisman's books, The Bloedel Reserve: Gardens in the Forest, published by The Arbor Fund in Seattle. Prentice Bloedel, whose home the Reserve had been, had helped Randlett in the past by buying an enlarger for her darkroom. His daughter, Virginia Wright, had given Randlett money to frame photographs for her shows."
I like Randlett's work a lot. Glad to know that you are a fan too!
A sunny morning at the Bloedel Reserve
After the worst April in Seattle's history, the sun and nearly warm temperatures were glorious.
(look, ma, cheesy photo border effects!)
If the iphone wasn't so awkward to hold, I'd use it to shoot on the street more often. But as they say, the best camera is the one that's with you.
Sunfriday, on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM:
This is a remarkable photograph. It shows show so many aspects of the anemone and the water, especially their strength, grace and connectedness.
The friend of my anemone is my friend
nocklebeast, on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 10:04 AM:
oh, so dreamy.
Yes, over there
All right, enough of that springy crap
BACK ON THE STREET, BABY.
All signs point to my next gig being in the South Lake Union neighborhood, just north of downtown Seattle, which means daily opportunities for shooting on the street as I head to and from work. Which is wonderful.
Spring reverie 3
Spring reverie 2
More scorn from the still world
Waiting for his moment
Every once in a while I see something on the street that makes me say "What?"
Sometimes I even remember to take a picture.
Home sweet home
nocklebeast, on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 6:58 PM:
Another back office
That guy again
nocklebeast, on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 7:55 PM:
Ah, just the right amount of noise to signal. I wonder what they could be? Maybe palette knives.
Back in the workshop
Heather, on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 10:06 AM:
Oh yeah? Well same to you, buddy!
An overcast day, a basket of detritus from our deck plants, and a piece of foamcore. What fun can be had with those things?
Sunfriday, on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 5:33 PM:
I like how the space and light emphasizes the fine detail. It makes me think of an exuberant plant, stretching and growing as far as it can before the season ends.
Happy St. Stupid's Day!
Oh yeah. It's a thing.
I had a dream like this
Usually they advertise in craigslist, but this works too
Eye in the sky
Heather, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12:38 AM:
Risin' up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
oh wait... never mind. Different Eye.
This one is actually an older photo, from last October, but I finally figured out what I wanted to do with it. So here it is.
Who among you knows where it was shot?
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 1:05 PM:
I think you mean, "Who among y'all knows where it was shot?"
rfkj, on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM:
Isn't it "Whom amongst ya'll knows whereabouts it was shot at?"
Heather, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12:32 AM:
The photo? Or the stuffed bird hanging from the wires?
Living room set
Heather, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12:33 AM:
Heather, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12:33 AM:
Heather, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12:34 AM:
Proof for Tim that he really doesn't have it so bad :-)
Heather, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 12:35 AM:
and thinks you look tasty... perhaps with a bit of Chianti?
Curtains, for you
Whole lotta wonder-workin' power
Heather, on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 8:30 AM:
Hah - THAT's what I'd love to see: 2 porcelain Jesus statues, each with a raised, outstretched arm, index fingers touching, with a caption on the base that says "Wonder Twin Powers: ACTIVATE!"
The gang's all here
Heather, on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 8:28 AM:
Blessing in motion
Heather, on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 8:27 AM:
This turned out to be a great transition to your new theme.
Almost as though... it was planned... ;-)
David Adam Edelstein, on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 8:51 AM:
I AM AN INTUITIVE ARTIST WHO WORKS IN TUNE WITH THE VIBRATIONS OF THE YOUNIVERSE
My lands that was a lot of nature. I'll bridge between that and the coming car series with this one.
Heather, on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM:
this makes me think of that discus thrower statue.
Sunfriday, on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 12:07 PM:
We were just flying over when we saw your message. Kelp is on the way!
Brian, on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 10:39 AM:
Damn that's nice
A few weeks ago we spent the weekend at Cama Beach, on Camano Island. We stayed in cabins originally built in the 30's, just a step above camping, and had a great time.
I was lucky enough to get a very foggy morning, which means here that you're looking at Whidbey Island... somewhere out there.
Luke, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM:
this is so beautiful
nocklebeast, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM:
Ah, Camano Island. I remember golfing there when I was little.
GeoGeek, on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 9:51 AM:
I can see my house! It's right there...the gray one.
Night sky 1
rebecca, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:26 PM:
this series is particularly lovely. just catching up.
rebecca, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:26 PM:
damned thing ate my previous comment.... so, um, nice photo.
Sunfriday, on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 12:04 PM:
The angle makes it seems like a heritage site, the architectural remains of a civilation of cells that had it's golden age long ago.
Chrys, on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3:52 AM:
This is very lovely. I think it is my new favorite of yours.
Chrys, on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3:53 AM:
And I just noticed your new typefaces. How long ago did you do that?
Kevin, on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM:
Wow, this one is especially striking. Well done!
Against the day
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 11:14 AM:
Aaaaaagh! Another stellar piece, my friend. You are on a roll with Mom Nature.
John Taylor, on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 6:31 PM:
I've enjoyed youre post for sometime now especially your b&w work, but i had to let you know those aren't thistles, they'r Teasel, different species and genus… nice picture nonetheless
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:50 PM:
You are of course right — in fact I looked at this photo this morning and thought, wait, isn't that really a teasel?
I plead "knows jack about plants" :-)
Reeds and rushes
Another beautiful, foggy morning in Spring Valley; another set of moody fog photos.
(Also: hello, new bigger photos. Those birds, perfectly visible in a big print, and barely visible here, would have disappeared entirely at 600px wide.)
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM:
Heather, on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM:
Layers of realism
Captive Environments 3
Captive Environments 2
Captive Environments 1
A few photos I took at the Seattle Aquarium in January. I was struck by how the animals' environments looked without the animals in them.
Heather, on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM:
how many environments were missing their animals, exactly?
Seattle Aquarium Film Noire style...mmmm.... fodder for the imagination :-)
David Adam Edelstein, on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM:
None of the displays were actually missing their animals; I just photographed where they weren't.
Heather, on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 12:01 AM:
I would still love to see a film noire aquarium series :-)
Tragedy at the sandbox
Sophia Katt, on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM:
I thought I was going to see an upside down ice cream cone in a sandbox. Hmmm.
Heather, on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:05 AM:
Sunny sunday 3
Sunny sunday 2
Sunny sunday 1
A drop of midwinter sun a few weeks ago. Precious in our Seattle winters.
Heather, on Monday, February 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM:
Looks like mother nature left some of her clothes out on the line over the winter.
Me & Ol' Glory
Actually, it was
Keep that in mind, you little punks
Catching up on some film I shot back in September.
nocklebeast, on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 7:17 AM:
hey, there's a hotdog just like than in Port Townsend.
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:49 PM:
There are so many, many things wrong about that.
Followers of photo history will recognize this as a bit of an homage to Paul Strand.
Keeping a good head on your shoulders
Hey man, take my picture
Forgot to get his contact info. I'm still watching for him downtown so I can get him a print.
Heather, on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 1:59 PM:
I like everything about this.
I'm not artsy enough to be able to really articulate why in a way that would be appreciated by designy, creative people. But it doesn't really matter why. all that matters is I like it.
That's more like it
Graffiti of a gangsta snowman grabbing his snowballs. I feel like myself again.
And so we say goodbye
Today, the beautiful Waianae mountains. Tomorrow... oh probably a return to form :-)
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 8:01 PM:
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 5:55 AM:
It's quite lovely printed large... just sayin'...
Every now and then, an echo of the golden age of Waikiki
I love this sign.
Doing a bit of washing up
Hello, fellow light packer.
A face from the Marquesas
While we were in Hawai'i, we visited the excellent Bishop Museum. The Bishop was a standard school trip when I was growing up, and though I loved it then, it's nothing like experiencing it as an adult.
The collections are excellent, and excellently curated. There's so much material that it's frankly overwhelming; I'd love to visit over the course of a week and do one floor a day.
While we were there we followed a hallway I hadn't seen before by the elevators and discovered that there was a whole other section of the museum I had no idea existed, dedicated to other places and cultures of the Pacific Ocean. We stuck our heads in, and ran out again, for fear of becoming completely overloaded.
We were there just long enough for me to grab this photo of this beautiful tiki from the Marquesas. Not, mind you, long enough for me to take a photo of the display card, so I could attribute it properly... my apologies to both the Bishop and the people of the Marquesas.
Bamboo, of course
Which I shot on our way out of the garden.
Next: A few more days of Hawai'i.
Noise to Signal #4: Winter Sun
That's right folks, volume four of my irregularly published photo magazine is here like a blast of sun straight into the heart of gray winter.
Sunfriday, on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 9:34 PM:
Wonderful textures and angles. What species is it?
Hey there little guy
heather, on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM:
heather, on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM:
all so beautiful as usual. But I still think the stalk is the most striking, probably because it's so unexpected! Afterall, it is just a stalk ;-)
Still - this whole series is making me happy! I can feel the cold germs fleeing my body in fear that whatever warmth and light these tropical plants are enjoying will be finding its way to my house soon.
Sigh. One can wish :-)
Another modestly colored tropical plant
Just a quiet, simple stalk, nothing to take note of
Heather, on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM:
HOLY CROW this is GORGEOUS!!! Wow. Eye-poppingly beautiful photo, Dave.
Heather, on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM:
The Pitcher Plant is Newfoundland's provincial flower.
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM:
Well sure, but there it's filled with black rum.
heather, on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 9:01 AM:
Like a dog wrapped round my leg.
Oh were it true, I can only imagine the consequences!
Tim, on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 10:16 AM:
Sunfriday, on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 5:42 PM:
She's had one pitcher too many. Probably has hypothermia to boot, dog or no.
Sunfriday, on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 5:43 PM:
On a separate note, this is a lovely photo.
And also Monstera
Cannonball tree: Fruit
And here you see where it got its name.
Those aren't small and light, either. The Kid loved this warning sign:
heather, on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 8:22 PM:
It looks like a tree of potatoes.
Are they edible fruit? Assuming you don't get killed by one falling on your head.
Cannonball tree: Flower
The Cannonball Tree (Couroupita guianensis) is one of the weirder specimens in the Foster Botanical Garden, and as such has always been one of my favorites.
In which I go for a walk in the snow
Because while I don't love snow, I do love the weirdo light it lays on top of the city.
Fading but still beautiful
heather, on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 10:37 PM:
It took me a moment to recognize what this was. It just immediately looked like heavy, worn leather to me - like some leather jacket dropped somewhere. But I couldn't find the sleeves or any other parts of it! But I was intrigued. It's a cool picture. And then I saw your botanical garden theme and the leaves just jumped right out at me after that :-)
Layers and arcs
Starting off the year thinking warm thoughts
The family and I spent a week on O'ahu in December, with remarkably lucky timing: It had been raining hard in Hawai'i before we got there, and it was flooding the morning we left Seattle. Our week was gorgeous: 80° days, trade winds, and lots of sun. And then the morning we flew back to Seattle... Honolulu was flooding.
I actually took what was for me surprisingly few photos overall, but we did spend a great morning in the Foster Botanical Garden and I was quite busy there.
So let's spend January in the garden, shall we? What else is there too look at here in the northern hemisphere?
Above, clouds over the beautiful Mānoa valley. This is the view I grew up with.