Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day Seven Hundred and Thirty-Seven

I haven't updated Item #80 for a while (the Windows, Doors, and Sometimes Also Stairs project), although I've continued to take them. These are from almost exactly a year ago, when I went up to Washington State for my 20th high school reunion.  I went a day or two early and spent a delightful day wandering around the Tacoma waterfront with a childhood friend, who is thankfully possessed of the sort of artistic bent that made him completely fine with detours across bramble-infested fields to get pictures of broken walls.

Some of these aren't windows and doors as such, but I just liked how they turned out so I'm posting them here so you can enjoy them too.

Looking straight up at the windows set into the ceiling of the historic building where my friend was working at the time (piecing together a whale skeleton, as it happens)

Doorway of an abandoned building on the waterfront

Window of the same building - it makes me wonder what the view outside looked like when the window was clean and new!

 Ivy covering a wall of an abandoned warehouse on the docks - Tacoma, WA

close-up of ivy, same wall

stairs coming down from pedestrian walkway from the revitalized downtown area to the waterfront

 Windows of an apartment building on the waterfront - not many residents yet, but they're hopeful!

windows and shadows of awnings, Tacoma waterfront

East 21st St. Bridge, Tacoma, WA, as seen through an installation at the Glass Museum


  1. You're still taking great photos. I wish I had your eye. Keep doing it! ~

  2. While I do think you have a terrific photographic eye, I also think you live in a place that has an enormous number of great pictures just waiting to be taken. ~

    1. The Pacific Northwest makes it hard to take a really bad picture, doesn't it?! :) Fifteen or twenty years ago, this part of Tacoma was an area where people would have just laughed really hard if you said you were going down there to take pictures. It was a scary, broken-down mess, and they've gotten national attention for their success so far in turning the area around. The whole waterfront has a strange feeling to it, though - the picture of the awnings captures a little of it. It's pretty and neat and new, but it's still nearly empty in many places. It's not the emptiness of an area that has been abandoned and left for squatters, but it's still a little odd - they are clearly prepared for a large number of people who simply aren't there.