An ode to the people of Seattle.
When Jimi wailed on his guitar during the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock he set a precedent for what does make America great. It’s dissent. It’s expression. It’s bravery. It’s the right to be different.
Jimi Hendrix was only one of Seattle's notable residents. These images are a glimpse into the actions of a few, or more, that have shaped the culture and character of our city and beyond. I’ve always been impressed by the fortitude of characters living on the margins of society. I’m equally in awe of those that choose to physically and psychologically confront the mainstream, and they are represented in this narrative as well.
I chose this narrative because it reflects my experience with the positive and supportive communities that are alive, sometimes struggling and other times thriving, in Seattle. It’s not the only narrative or the most comprehensive or intricate, nor necessarily without errors. But, it does reflect the passage of more than ten years of major and minor moments with those that allowed me to make a picture during a fraction of a second. I believe it demonstrates the best of the people of this city under some of the most dire and tragic circumstances. It is what makes us great.
As the city faces unprecedented challenges we can refer to the lessons of those that came before us and those that are here now, so that those who follow will be able to live and prosper between the infinite and arbitrary confines of this corner of North America.