pioneer square circa 19th century by gabryshak

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featured 11/01/09 in welcome to washington

featured 10/29/09 in the world as we see it…
or as we missed it

for pcnw’s and nancy levine’s “on location” class… the assignment?

photograph and present a triptych of scenes that depicted the 19th century pioneer square. the challenge? nothing in the scene can indicate any other era.

this was not going to be easy…

we were given the suggestion to start scouting our location early and i began by speaking with shop owners; starting with my friend and past colleauge jb of trinity nightclub he gave me a wonderful tour of his place (needless to say, i’m not as young as i used to be, and i don’t get an opportunity to hang at the club) and gave me some leads on the history… turns out his building is the oldest existing commercial structure in the square.

i went back several times and i spent alot of time getting familiar with the style of photography from the era; from the cameras that were used to the printing processes and paid attention to the photographers vision. i studied museum galleries and i even browsed around a few sites ran by everyday people sharing thier heirloom family photos, noticing the nuances of the color, discoloration, textures, tears, and finally presentation.

here, is my final result. i’m very, very honored to share that levine’s response, “in all the time i’ve been teaching this class, this is the very best i’ve seen, ever!” wow, i was so blushed and all i could do is give a little smile, but i felt like dancing around the room!!

canon eos 20d
75mm lens
iso “h” (cfn expanded for noise)
shutters vary

various adjustments in picasa and cs3:
sepia, desaturation, selective level adjustments in each color channel, low opacity slight radial blur, 7x more sharpness. i created some discoloration, a slight tear and flicks of missing pigment for authenticity and mood. the brilliant beaded woodwork that frames each individual image is taken from a photograph of my completed work in order to truly share the depth of my heART.

if you ever have an opportunity to take the underground tour of seattle, you are in for a real treat!! this was from the 5pm tour on tuesday evening… talk about a walk back through history… it was so fascinating and entertaining that even though i intended on leaving the tour midway due to time restraints…. i was left in awe of the history, all the way to the very tailend -left yearning to capture some more, meandering carefully at the museum displays at the end and dying to continue my expedition in the city afterwards reflecting on some of seattles interesting beginnings… from the rich backgrounds of doc maynard and seattle’s first mayor to the first women of the town who have enlightened me about what it means to be a seamstress.

Click on individual images to see LARGE

A couple links I used for inspiration from the pioneers of photography:

Henry Fox Talbot

Charles Négre

19th century architectural photography

19th century photography Timeline

my fondest childhood memory is filling the vw with a full tank of gas and taking off into the open road with my dad, film cameras and gear, following wherever the wind would take us. it wasn’t until 2008 when i got serious about my work and enrolled in a fine art certification program. i hope my passion, playfulness and courage to break the rules shows through my work i create with all my heART n SOUL.

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  • Lenka
    Lenkaover 5 years ago

    Wow, this has great atmosphere! Beautiful triptych indeed :)

  • thank you lenka!! i am quite proud, it was such a wonderful project!

    – gabryshak

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Nice collage!!

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Tonja!! Excellent in sepia!! :)

  • Tom Vaughan
    Tom Vaughanabout 5 years ago

    well done! love the shadows…

  • Jess Mo
    Jess Moabout 5 years ago

    This has been featured in Welcome to Washington

    Congrats :0)

  • what an honor!! amazing washington artists we have
    and i’m thrilled to be up there with mark bauschke!! i love his work

    – gabryshak

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