Interior of Water Tower

Water Tower Interior

The water tower at Volunteer Park in Seattle is an amazing visit. The structure is open inside for climbing to the top and having 360 degree views of the surroundings. There are two sets of stairs that curve around the inside between the exterior brick and interior metal tank. A nice workout to climb to the view to the west with downtown Seattle and Puget Sound in the distance.

Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront (edge detect)

This is another image that was taken through normal processing in Lightroom and then into Photoshop for the Edge Detect filter. Then back in Lightroom for some additional colorization.

Casting Bronze

Hot Metal
Pouring Hot Metal

For a while I worked at the Pratt Fine Art Foundry in Seattle. I really enjoyed working with metal. I had started with (gas) welding steel, but when I found out how much fun working with bronze was, I was hooked. I worked at developing skills with various styles, many times using natural objects instead of wax models. I cast apples, banana, onion, artichoke, and small trees. I tried casing a trout once, but that didn’t work so well. And the folks in the foundry claimed that when it was in the kiln, it attracted all the neighborhood cats (not likely).

Below is one of my favorites: my hand. I made a model by dripping hot wax from a candle on my hand until it was covered and when the wax was cool and hardened, carefully removed my hand. Then I poured the art wax into the model, removed the candle wax and cast what was left. I was quite pleased with the fact that most of the skin texture and fingerprint patterns showed up.

Unfortunately, all the plaster dust just gave me one sinus infection after another and I had to retire my foundry work.

Need A Hand, Anyone?

Seattle Street Scene

Seattle Street Scene

This was taken before social distancing, when I was on a walking photo shoot in downtown Seattle. We went to the upper floors of the Seattle Public Library and this was looking back down to the street.

Camera: Holga Film: T-Max 400

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