And a test shot that turned out nice...
And Robbie Turner even resurfaced!
If I had to vote Republican, I'd vote for the Libertarian (edit: Conservatarian). Fun shoot this morning. Perfect venue for this sort of thing.
I'd been on call for a couple days, and when the call came I kind of experienced what husbands on TV do as they rush to meet their pregnant wife at the hospital- the eternity of red lights and the franticness of trying to get there in time. So much anxiety, and I was just the photographer!
Louise Chernin, CEO of Greater Seattle Business Association, called and needed last-minute headshots for her and Martha Davis, Chair of the Board, for the annual reports. I was happy to swing by the office and help!
I also want to give props to Yongnuo's 50mm F/1.8 prime lens I got new for $56 a couple months ago- best lens deal out there.
Didn't remember to get a selfie with Governor Dean, but can now say I got a former presidential candidate to raise the roof. My life is made. And thanks again to the Hillary campaign for including me - I can't thank them enough. The year ahead is going to be so much fun. See more of my Hillary campaign photos at http://www.nategowdy.com/hillary2016/
Thanks goes to emcee Roger Nyhus for the invitation. U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi after our selfie: "Now that's a real selfie!"
Every year at Hempfest is a new adventure. Unable to find my vision this year, this is what I resorted to. Also, that Bernie cutout for the win.
My friends Ingrid and Taylor have started a new venture partnering drag queens and bachelorettes. For more info, go to https://www.facebook.com/Queensforanight ! They're definitely onto something good.
Huffed it on my single-speed from the fundraiser at The Comet to the big hurrah at Alaska Airlines Arena. Should've driven! Traffic wasn't that bad, after all. Oh well - it'll add to my nostalgia of the day. What a day.
This weekend I learned I'll shell out $200 to get the shots of a presidential candidate none of the other photojournalists are getting because the 200-person event is closed to the media. Would've done the same for Hillary when she came out this way, but $2,700 was way out of my league. But, hell, I bet I'd donate $200 to some of the GOP presidential campaigns if it meant being able to stand right there taking photos of them and their supporters. Right up my alley. I'd reached out to The Comet's owner David Meinert (whom I've been connected with for a couple years now on Facebook) about photographing on the venue's behalf, but he never responded. Anyway, here are a few shots from The Comet, just a couple blocks from where I live.
My absolute dream job would be to travel cross country with a presidential candidate. All the people, the energy, and new places, from one to the next - I'd be in heaven. I knew this by the end of 2011, my first year with a camera, and even made sure I was the first to let Barb Kinney, who lives in my neighborhood and was one of Bill Clinton's White House photographers for six years and Hillary's campaign photographer in 2008, know I'd be thrilled to assist her when Hillary ran again in a couple years. This past Saturday, I would at least get to pretend for a day. Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign was headed for Seattle, and I determined I'd follow him from a Social Security anniversary celebration downtown to a $200 fundraiser and then to a rally in front of thousands at UW's Alaska Airlines Arena. It was a long day - one that left me and many others with a lot to process.
BLACK LIVES MATTER ACTIVISTS GREET BERNIE SANDERS IN SEATTLE
A lot's been written in national news about what happened at Sanders' first stop. (The piece that sums it up best for me is Pramila Jayapal's editorial in The Stranger: Why Saturday's Bernie Sanders Rally Left Me Feeling Heartbroken. It's a truly wonderful editorial. Also, Jayapal is pictured with Sanders in the fourth image below.) But anyway, as soon as the senator from Vermont took the stage, activists fighting for black lives interrupted him and, after a back and forth with the event organizer, were reluctantly given the mic. The two women antagonized the booing crowd before requesting a four-and-a-half-minute-long moment of silence in honor of Michael Brown. Sanders went and stood in the corner of the stage. All the while, I wondered what he could've done that would've made me proud of the man. Pockets of people (mostly white, but not all) wearing Bernie shirts were yelling disgusting, shameful things throughout. I wanted it to stop. Why didn't Bernie have the answer? I don't remember if it was before or afterwards (I don't want to watch the video again), but at some point Marissa Janae Johnson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Seattle, quipped from the podium: "I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is, filled with its progressives, but you already did it for me - Thank you." After witnessing so many angry, rage-filled Bernie supporters, I couldn't argue with her, and it made me cringe. What she was saying was necessary. Suddenly I was making photos I hadn't planned on making - images unsympathetic of a crowd I'd assumed myself to be pretty aligned with. It was ugly. We'd waited hours in the sun just to see two bullies get their way. We also got to see two brave women put pressure on a candidacy which already perceives itself to be allied with Black Lives Matter, yet for months has ignored black organizers' critiques of the campaign's colorblindness. That's why this happened Saturday. It's already made and is making a difference for the better. Someone put it pretty well on facebook earlier today: "Political organizing 101: If your resources and capacity are precious and limited, you challenge those who can best give you what you want. Hi, Bernie." What a moment to get to document. It's almost a new day and time for a nap, so stay tuned for the rest of Saturday's images later in the afternoon!
I spent yesterday photographing Sen. Bernie Sanders' visit to Seattle. The opportunity to follow a presidential candidate around in close quarters at event after event was a dream opportunity for me and something I would definitely love to get used to someday. I'm still culling the photos and can't wait to share, but going to have to. I'm happy to be participating in The Whole U at UW's free family photo day this afternoon (always mixing it up!). Will be back to editing this evening - with maybe a nap first!
My friend and financial advisor Greg came by for a new headshot the other day. Pretty sure he's going to have the best one at the office now :)
Usually I don't like seeing how I look in action, but I love both of these shots by Scott Foster from this year's Seattle Pride Parade. He and I connected a couple years back when I gave him some advice for a venue, but finally got to meet in person the Saturday before this year's parade. He's been catching events around town since 2012, and you can see more of his work documenting burlesque and cabaret, volleyball, local fashion, Seattle culture and events (namely, festivals and parades), and theatrical wrestling at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/spf50x/
I'm so thankful we've got such a vibrant and wonderfully diverse community of photogs here in Seattle who support and work so well alongside each other. There's plenty to go around!