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pdx/sea, no. 6

October 6, 2009













i took a train from portland to seattle, and i put on some good music while i stared out the window, and it was amazing.  the top 2 photos were taken through the train window near puget sound as we moved along the water northward. it was one of the most beautiful travel experiences i’ve ever had – a perfect day for sun and fog and filtered light and gulls flying alongside our train.

and then i arrived in sunny seattle, which i hope to tell you more about soon.

but work has turned into a bit of a nightmare this week. i hope to be back here soon with more to share (including photos from delancey!).

in the meatime, please read this. my heart is broken and jen has written a wonderful tribute. i couldn’t agree more.

a good day to you.

  1. October 6, 2009 9:08 am

    A sad day for food lovers for sure. Listening to your music link and loving it already….

  2. marthasnail permalink
    October 6, 2009 9:09 am

    great photos. love the signage and the train shots. i am heartbroken about gourmet too.

  3. tknapper permalink
    October 6, 2009 9:20 am

    beautiful, brian!

  4. October 6, 2009 9:29 am

    whoops! i keep showing up as tim!:)

  5. October 6, 2009 9:58 am

    Sad day for Gourmet…

    I also wanted to ask. Were all of the images posted today taken with the same camera?

    These are really fantastic by the way. The 6th photo (with the table setting) and the 8th photo ( the Merchant sign) are my favorites. They are both so soft.

    Thanks for sharing so much lately, Brian.

  6. Laura. permalink
    October 6, 2009 10:13 am

    i always think i want to move to portland, and then i remember seattle. humph, what a dilemma. so sad about gourmet. what is the world coming to? these are lovely photos, as always. i want some of that foamy coffee!

  7. October 6, 2009 12:22 pm

    can’t wait to see more (and yes it is a shame about that other thing. real loss.)

  8. October 6, 2009 2:02 pm

    Brian, you have a way with that camera, man. You captured the train ride, and my city, so eloquently. Beautiful, beautiful.

    I hope work eases up for you soon.

    P.S. Did you take these shots with Fuji Sensia?

  9. October 6, 2009 4:05 pm

    the photos from your trip are completely wowing me; i especially like all of the brick in these images … and i very much look forward to more.

    so sad to see gourmet go.
    and for the worst reason.

  10. October 6, 2009 6:43 pm

    love love love these photos! hope work eases up for you. thanks for linking to my post. i’m still sad.

  11. October 6, 2009 9:02 pm

    Can’t wait to see more. Hope nightmare work doesn’t mean more late nights.

    Really. You, film. Goes together so nicely. I like the little ceiling reflection one best.

  12. October 6, 2009 9:10 pm

    Oh and I took that same train ride last summer and it was outstanding.

  13. Claire Miller permalink
    October 6, 2009 10:19 pm

    Well, I live in Portland and am glad to see you finally made it out of the Pearl. I sort of think of it as fake Brentwood (at least where I work, a bit north of the Ace). Lovely photos, great music.

    I was also in Seattle last week, and while having lunch at Salumi someone commented as I pulled out my Canon AE-1 “film, how quaint”.

  14. October 7, 2009 10:26 am

    Brian, I just recently discovered your blog and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with your pictures. They’re just gorgeous. You’re inspiring me to try my hand at shooting film!

  15. October 7, 2009 3:39 pm

    oh sigh.
    that last
    does it
    for me.

  16. October 7, 2009 5:40 pm

    those train photos are magical!

  17. October 7, 2009 10:49 pm

    Ohh, the second one is just exquisite!! So dreamy!

  18. Erika permalink
    October 8, 2009 1:55 pm

    Brian – I used to work in Pioneer Square (in the building next to the Merchant Cafe in fact). You made PS look so much more interesting than I ever thought it was when I worked there. I love the look of your pictures. What camera and film do you use?

  19. October 8, 2009 4:11 pm

    Calm and comforting. The deserted-table-picture is fantastic!

  20. October 10, 2009 1:58 am

    Beautiful photos. Oh, and best of luck with your work.

  21. October 11, 2009 12:53 pm

    stunning photos from your train journey. i really enjoy taking pictures from trains although it’s a tricky thing to do. : ) my favorite in this series is the one of the bed and two accompanying chairs. such a calm atmosphere and beautiful light

  22. October 11, 2009 3:19 pm

    By train is a lovely way to travel!

  23. October 14, 2009 4:20 pm

    I took that train once during college, southbound, and it is by far the most romantic way of going. I always love the geometry of your photos, they have a very simple logic without being predictable.

  24. October 23, 2009 8:10 pm

    I love your eye.

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