Back in the Darkroom

"Everything takes longer that you expect even when you expect it to take longer than you expect."

When we moved to a new (to us) house last spring I expected to have my darkroom built in a couple of months tops. Right. In early October -- six months later -- I made my first print with the paint barely dry. Here it is. (see it bigger in the "Portraits" gallery).

Shortly after getting settled in our new home (pretty much) I had a small show of my prints from the Pike Place Market at the Saltwater Unitarian Church gallery space.

I'm very pleased to report that I'll have a handful of my prints from "Scene Through a Glass" at the Burien Community Center's gallery wall in April 2019. The space isn't large but it's very attractive and in a very high-traffic location where a lot of people will see it.

This portrait of David Ishii was pretty much in spark plug for beginning the "Scene Through a Glass" series. We knew David through bookseller circles (we owned a small bookstore for a few years). He was the dean of local booksellers with a small, overcrowded space on First Avenue near Pioneer Square. After his untimely death his estate bequeathed a lot of the local interest materials in his shop to Seattle's MOHAI but elected to keep his copy of this portrait. MOHAI contacted me and asked for a copy for their collection.

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