Change by Brent
” ‘Patterns’ can be interpreted in a few ways. Unlike Mandy, I chose to try to show a sequence. Only a little bit of it fit in the frame. Can you still guess which one?” –B.
Patterns to Eat by Mandy
I struggled with this topic even though I was the one to choose it! I thought that it would be a really interesting idea to photograph because we see lots of patterns everyday but capturing something interesting enough in a photograph is harder to do. I walked around Seattle trying to find interesting patterns but nothing intrigued me enough. I started to eat some blueberries from the fridge and suddenly came up with the idea to photograph cut fruits and veggies. I love to cook and a small part of that is due to the fact that fresh ingredients are so aesthetically pleasing. This actually gave me an opportunity to eat dragon fruit and starfruit for the first time!
Brent and I have finally introduced Promo the cat and Dusty the bunny to each other this week. It’s a love-hate relationship but once in a while, they can be quite: adorable.
Hop in a car and drive Southwest from Seattle for a couple hours and you may stumble across the quaint Wynoochee Lake in Olympic National Forest. If you do, you’ll hear the sounds of laughter, crackling camp fires, and the pop of a beer can opening. It’s far enough from society to get the feeling of outdoors, but without the unpleasantries of mosquitoes and having to dig your own latrine. Mandy and I were invited camping with some friends here last weekend, and so I naturally saw fit to bring sheanditakepictures along for the ride.
More Smore’s Please. by Mandy
“You can see our friend Erik feeding our cozy campfire, with Lisa and Elli enjoying some hotdogs in the background. I’ll just be honest with you guys… I was too hungry to wait for dinner to be ready and I made a s’more as my appetizer, and then again later for dessert. It’s just too good. You can’t go camping without roasting marshmallows.
I’d love to go back again soon. Washington summers were made for weekends like this.” –M
Indoors in the Outdoors by Brent
G’mornin! Welcome to the forest floor, and to the most beautiful place I woke up this year. I brought my DSLR on this trip and took several more “photographically perfect” shots, but upon arriving home and processing my photos, this morning snapshot from my iPhone felt like it best embodied the spirit of camping. It’s tough to find this much green in the city!
Wallpaper, fabric, and fine china — some of the many possible subjects of next week’s topic:
(art) by Brent
“It was a long week. I had ambitions and aspirations with this topic and they didn’t materialize. Sorry, fans. Instead, you get my gritty paw transformed into artwork by means of sharpie.” –B
Lucky by Mandy
I had my heart set on paying a visit to a highly admired tattoo artist’s workplace in the neighborhood to photograph a session but sadly things didn’t fall into place as I had hoped it would. Fortunately, this gave me a great opportunity to channel my love for typography! My friend Kendall and I have been studying for our NCLEX exam coming up this month and we took a study break so I could paint this little number on her back for the photo this week. It’s her favorite quote from Winnie the Pooh, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”. I absolutely love meaningful body art and I hope to one day get something like this of my own.
Brent and I are doing something very Washingtonian this weekend with some friends, which leads us to our topic for next week: camping.
Window by Mandy
“This is my right eye. I had to take 100+ pictures just to get the right one! Do you know how hard it is to take a macro shot of your eyeball just right? It’s hard.” –M
Buzz by Brent
The subject “Close” was a direct result of Mandy giving me a new toy for my birthday present – a set of external lenses for the iPhone camera called the Olloclip. It came with two depths of macro lenses which allow the iPhone to focus on incredibly close subjects. The same lens was used for both Mandy’s and my photo. I found this bee along the path on a Washington hike called Mailbox. When I took the picture, I was nearly touching him with the phone.
Mandy wants to make next week personal by capturing: body art. Don’t worry, we’ll keep it PG.
Cap Hill Block Party by Brent
“Welcome to my front yard. Welcome to Capitol Hill Block Party. Every year in July, the entire street I live on is taken over for a weekend for a musical festival of epic proportions. There are four stages with artists playing from morning to night. I was given free admission because my apartment is so close, and I took advantage by slipping in for a few quick shots of the main stage. The group playing here was Odesza.” –B
A Blue Coffee Shop on Capitol Hill by Mandy
Not only is Seattle commonly known for its dreary skies and greenery, but it is also known for it’s coffee culture. These are just a few things that made me gravitate toward moving here from California. Capitol Hill is a growing, vibrant, progressive, and culturally rich neighborhood in Seattle that I have grown to love. When you live in a neighborhood with so much to offer, you begin to curate a small list of your favorite spots. Victrola Coffee Roasters is a sweet little gem of a place with much to offer. They are one of the very many independent coffee companies that roast their own beans in store and supply to local vendors. I find myself spending hours here munching on delicious biscuits and sipping endless cups of coffee. Located right on the edge of downtown, it’s a fun place to people watch. If you ever find yourself walking up Pike Street into the neighborhood, stop in and buy a cup of coffee, chat with one of the lovely baristas here (like Angelique in the photo above), and soak in the comfort that you’ll only find at a place such as this.
This week is now coming close to a…
Bloom In Hand by Mandy
“I took an afternoon trip to the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle with my friend Natalie, and her visitor from Texas, Sebastian. It was over 90 degrees out and it probably wasn’t the ideal time to hang out in a greenhouse for the afternoon, but I managed to capture some cool photos of unique summer blossoms. Funny enough, the blossom that I decided to feature in this week’s blog post is a flower of little significance in comparison to the great variety that this conservatory offered. I much prefer to look at the little flowers that no one else seems to notice. Unfortunately, half of the conservatory is currently under renovation so I didn’t get to check out any of the succulents that take residency here. This only gives me an excuse to go back.” –M
Stand Tall by Brent
As Mandy was posting last week’s photos, I was in a car headed to the Teanaway area in central Washington for a three day backpacking/camping trip with some friends. The guy who organized the trip had promised wide open fields of freshly-blooming wildflowers contrasting the mountains surrounding us. Choosing “bloom” would make me a shoe-in for the best photo for the week! …and then we arrived only to find that we had missed the prime blooming cycle by a week. The flowers still standing were mostly missing petals and were sparse in the grassy fields. Worse yet, attempting to photograph them meant braving the indigenous mosquito population.
This shot was taken on the third day of the trip on the six-mile hike back to the car. It was taken at 6:30am in the soft light of the sun as it peaked over Mt. Stuart and through the trees. It’s not the most creative or anywhere near the best flower shot I’ve ever taken, but it does give a tiny indication of the incredible beauty that can be found in Washington’s wildernesses. I’m excited to do more hikes and to visit more places around the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle residents know that each district and neighborhood has its own personality and each tells its own story. And when Seattle summers shape up to be as spectacular as this, it’s only fitting that Mandy wants to share our neighborhood by keeping next week’s topic…
Twenty-Seven by Brent
“I had some cool ideas for fantastically old things to photograph, but this week was busier than usual and I had to find an alternative. With that in mind, my interpretation of ‘Old’ is the fast approaching birthdays of both me and Mandy. We’ll both be turning 27 within the next month. That’s late twenties. That’s almost early thirties! That’s old. Wish us happy ones!” –B
Bug by Mandy
There are many things in Seattle that I could have photographed that is old, but one thing that stands out to me in my mind is a vintage VW bug that is always parked somewhere around my old apartment. I didn’t get a chance to photograph it, but the top of the bug has a sign that lights up saying “not a taxi”. I always wondered what the story is with this car, but one thing is for sure: it’s OLD.
Brent is going backpacking this weekend with some buddies in The Enchantments and apparently all the wildflowers are making an appearance. I’d like to say that he has quite the advantage for the topic this week…
Before we dive into the photos, I’d like to celebrate the fact that this is our 26th weekly photo, or in other words, half way to our first year! Time flies. It’s been a wild ride so far – a lot of work, a lot learning, and a lot of reward. We say it a lot and we mean it: thanks to all of our friends, family, and fans for joining us.
Time Times Four by Mandy
“There are four examples of ‘time’ in this photo (hah, I did ‘time’ times four). See if you can identify all four before you read the rest of this paragraph. This is our friend, Dan, reading a lovely news magazine on his deck. I had a really hard time trying to conceptualize a ‘time’ photograph so I decided to photograph four of them in one photo.
Can you see them yet? It’s the TIME magazine, his watch, the progressive growth of his corn plants, and the last one is a bit of a stretch but it’s the tree trunk that he is sitting on. I’m sure most of you know that tree trunk rings tell a tree’s age, which is a fact that I always found very cool.” –M
Sunset Strips by Brent
Welcome back to my apartment ceiling, this time for an evening sunset. I took this photo, or really, these 11 photos over the course of an hour to try to show the evolution of color in the sky as time passed. Mandy and I played Cribbage while waiting.
My birthday is just two weeks away and it seems as if Mandy’s topic was meant to poke fun…
Three Ball, Corner Pocket by Brent
“When Mandy picked Geometry as a topic, my mind first went to angles, and what better demonstration of angles than billiards! Or perhaps I was just looking for an excuse to play. This shot was taken at The Garage, a pool hall just a couple blocks down from my apartment. Mandy and I, along with several friends, spend a lot of evenings here. It took several shots to get the streaks to look right, and a few more just because I didn’t make them all in.” –B
Rem Koolhaas’s Seattle Masterpiece by Mandy
Seattle’s Central Public Library is probably my favorite building in the city and I don’t think I need to explain why that is. The architectural beauty of the library is really inspiring to me. It opened in 2004 through the genius of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Eleven stories made of glass and steel, it has an innovative and modern feel to it. If you ever get a chance to go to this library, do yourself a favor and explore the interior; every floor has it’s own character. Read a book maybe?
Here is a video of the world’s record for longest book domino chain done in the Seattle Public Library that is worth watching!
I know a lot of you non-Seattleites have this notion that Seattle is doom and gloom all year long, but it’s actually all sunshine and breeze through the summer until 10pm and I enjoy it thoroughly. A technique used by many loving Seattle residents to keep people from finding out our secret. It’s funny how latitudes can change our perception of…
Am I a Nurse Yet? by Mandy
“It took me a couple of years during my undergraduate journey at University to discover that my true calling was in the profession of nursing. I wish I could say I knew from the beginning that it was what I wanted to do but it takes some trial and tribulation to realize how much your dream is worth. I didn’t actually get to start my nursing journey until after I graduated from UCSB but I found a new sense of motivation and purpose.
I was ‘pinned’ two days ago. Two years of burying myself in nursing textbooks, tons of scantrons, dozens of health assessments, lending a hand in the miracle of birth, holding a premature infants hand, talking down a patient in psychosis, and taking many walks down the hospital hallway, I am now done for the time being.
One more test, to get my license, and I will officially be Mandy M. Wong RN.
I couldn’t have done it without my incredible support system.” –M
We’re all incredibly proud of you Mandy. You’ve got the look down, and we’re all excited for you to make that title official.
Selfie-bombing by Brent
Two for the price of one! I set up this charming little number by rearranging my living room, using the remote shutter a couple of times, and photoshopping it all together. Those with keen eyes can probably tell my Photoshop skills are a wee bit rusty. And that I probably should’ve shaved this morning.
Mandy chose next week’s topic, and I present it to you in a riddle:
Why was the obtuse angle upset?
Because he was never right.
Figure it out? It’s Geometry.