After years of admiring my friend Aleksa Manila's Instagram posts of Drag Queen Story Time at Cal Anderson and even more years since I used to making my living as a preschool teacher, I finally got to mark it off my bucket list! Caught her and Sparkle Leigh and they were both great with the kids and got some good jokes in for the adults, too.
Trans* Pride, put on by Gender Justice League, is one of my absolute favorite events to cover every year (which is why I included more selects in this post than my usual). Special guest Bamby Salcedo (pictured below) was absolutely amazing, and I had fun catching up with a lot of friends I hadn't seen for quite awhile now. Unfortunately, because the Supreme Court's historic marriage ruling landed on the same day and there was that rally beforehand downtown, I was bummed to miss the march which kicks off this event. Oh well- so it goes...
Following the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision, same-sex couples in all 50 states can marry. Who would've ever thought it'd happen so fast?
My friend Ben Crowther, a Seattle Pride Parade Grand Marshal in 2012, raised the rainbow flag with his husband Elliot at my favorite building in Seattle this past Friday to kick off Pride weekend. I didn't wake up that early, but Ben offered to take me to the roof during his lunch break.
Second home under my belt - thanks again to Nadya Titova for the opportunity! All single exposures except for the eighth image, which was taken while testing my 5DMIII's in-camera HDR. Here's the listing: https://www.redfin.com/WA/Redmond/10401-180th-Ct-NE-98052/home/324428
Sometimes it's as simple as taking photos of people smiling for the camera. And also "raising the roof" :)
My first real estate photos are up on Redfin! Single-exposure edits, since I've learned my HDR'ing skills need work. But I'm pretty happy with this first go-round! Thanks for the opportunity, Nadya Titova! Below are the majority of the images, and here's the link to the full listing: https://www.redfin.com/WA/Redmond/16224-NE-95th-Ct-98052/home/325128
After the brunch with Jason Collins yesterday, I knew Hillary herself was going to be in town to meet with supporters who have already contributed the max of $2700. I couldn't attend, but still decided to drive over there. Since the bulk of my #Hillary2016 project is about documenting the whole campaign from Seattle's vantage point, I figured it was worthwhile to get whatever photos I could of this part of the campaign's culture, even if that meant having to feel a little awkward while standing by outside. It was absolutely worthwhile, but I ended up being mistaken about feeling awkward - the Secret Service was very adept at making me feel more than unwelcome and uncomfortable. It's their job, and it worked. Right when I arrived, the man in the photo, who was very tall, stands over me and asks if I know who he is. "You're Secret Service." "Yeah. What are you doing here?" "Hoping to get a picture of Hillary when she arrives." "That's not gonna happen." "No?" "No." Definitely set the tone for me. A friend said that it looked like I was in "timeout" while waiting under the shade of a nearby tree, after the Secret Service had already inquired about me several times to staffers. Normally the energy in my photos of people is positive, warm and intimate, and I think the image at top is a good one to reflect my one-hour experience as the SS's sole person of suspicion; it's a very strange and debilitating feeling to not only be already acutely aware of your outsider status but to be singled out for it repeatedly, particularly in an environment that's overwhelmingly positive for everyone else, many of whom you recognize. I wish I could've been inside. Driving home, I felt very off and tried to sleep it off the rest of the day. I'm not sure I've ever felt so small while holding a camera, but actually probably should've expected it. So it goes, c'est la vie! And if this is the worst it gets in my life right now, life is pretty damn good.
Part of my #Hillary2016 project found here: http://www.nategowdy.com/hillary2016! Thanks again to the campaign for including me and my camera, as well as Tina Podlodowski for hosting and Jason Collins, the NBA's first out player, for being a great guy to chat with!
This past Tuesday, Jonathan Vanderweit, Leanna Karg, Bob Snell and I had the opportunity to host an event at our studio on behalf of ASMP Seattle / Northwest. The turnout was really wonderful - about 50 photographers came out. Jonathan presented recent work that was spawned from a creative exploration for a corporate client, while I showed how I've leveraged the power of personal projects to grow my brand and expand into commercial work. It felt like each of our talks provided a good contrast to the other, and the audience seemed to really be gleaming things from our experiences, which felt really good. And of course it was fun to just geek out with everyone afterwards on the deck of our building over hotdogs and beer.
Anyway, here are, more or less, the photos and their pairings I presented with commentary. Some of these are from events I haven't gotten around to blogging yet and a few others were overlooked for earlier entries, but most have appeared here before.They date back to Memorial Day weekend of last year.
Thanks so much to all who came out- such a good time seeing and meeting everyone!
I was going to write a post saying how much I like this guy, but I'm worn down after a long day and I guess that's all I mean to say anyway - I like this guy. We don't see much of each other over the course of the year - always working too much and not quite finding that balance. Which is why all-in weekends like Sasquatch and this past spring a trip to his hometown, Las Vegas, really seem to help ground us - serve as that much-needed attitude adjustment. Anyway, yeah. Dru's young and on it, and it's meant a lot to me getting to know him, his family, and his story. We have totally different backgrounds yet we relate pretty perfectly - for one, because we've been those two straight guys documenting (him through video) Seattle's gay history the last couple years, and never saw ourselves doing that. But, two, we've both got chips on our shoulders, and I think having something to prove along with passion is what's going to get us to where we need to get to. Where that is, I'm not sure yet.
Kudos to everyone involved, including Seattle Pride, Encore Media Group and Northwest Polite Society. 50,000 guides will be inside next week's Seattle Weekly and distributed at businesses around town. Here are a few of the selects that ran inside...