Water Samples  1997 - 2008

In 1997, I began making photographs along the Duwamish River and started reading about the history of the area and the Duwamish people who lived there.  One night, while walking along the Duwamish River in the rain, I wished that I could make photographs of the raindrops as they hit the surface of the river.  I bought a 10-gallon aquarium, mounted my camera and flashes inside,  and started wading out into the Duwamish with the floating fish tank.  I made gelatin-silver b/w prints and painted them with alternating layers of transparent oil paints and varnish, to explore the way that light passes through air and water.  This project has continued for 10 years and has expanded to other waterways in Seattle, including Licton Springs and Longfellow Creek.   In 2006, I began using Gamblin transparent oil paints with GamVar varnish, and decided to print and paint many of the earlier photographs in this new, more-saturated way, while also continuing to make new photographs.   I was able to dedicate most of 2007 & 2008 to this project, thanks to the very generous support of the No Strings Foundation, as well as my wonderful wife, Robyn, and our kind friends. 

I send a Big Thank-You to everyone.     


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