mopop, frank gehry
Last month I spent a few days in Seattle before attending a photo conference in Vancouver. The plan was to scout the city a bit to see if doing a workshop there would be feasible, and to just be a tourist 🙂
A couple local photographers reached out to me asking for a private workshop, so I spent half a day with them exploring a couple iconic Seattle locations. Our first stop was the Amazon Spheres and Headquarters. I didn’t manage anything I really liked of the spheres other than this detail at the entrance.
amazon seattle
Loved this geometric canopy and actually preferred the gray skies over the sunny ones I encountered later in the day.
amazon seattle
We then walked to The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) designed by Frank Gehry, and spent a LONG time over there. As with most Gehry architecture, there are so many great ways to photograph this space. It’s hard to pull yourself away. Plus, this location has so many colors, adding even more options.
mopop, frank gehry
mopop, frank gehry
mopop, frank gehry
mopop, frank gehry
mopop, frank gehry
mopop, frank gehry
We lucked out with this great penumbra too!
mopop, frank gehry
mopop, frank gehry
mopop, frank gehry
Just behind the MoPOP is this cool sculpture (which I can’t seem to find the name of, so if you know it, would love for you to fill me in!).

We headed back to our starting point of the Amazon spheres and came across this colorful building facade along the way.
seattle architecture
I had a really great time exploring the city with a couple locals. I love doing these one-on-one workshops/photowalks. So nice to focus on what they really want to learn and really nice getting to know them well.
After our time together I met up with Michael Muraz to check out even more locations! We photographed around Amazon again, both inside and outside. I mostly preferred my shots from earlier in the day, but did like this one from just inside the entrance.
amazon seattle
Then, back to MoPOP. I’m sure you’ve seen that I often photograph the same location more than once. This is an example where a different time of day totally changes how a location looks and what is noticed. These are just two examples, as to not overwhelm this post further with a million MoPOP shots, but you can see many, many more through the link at the end of the post.
mopop, frank gehry
mopop, frank gehry
We toured the Chihuly Glass Museum, which is a must stop if you’re in Seattle. I’ve adored Chihuly’s work for years and was so happy to visit here. I didn’t really photograph inside with my “real” camera but here are a couple iPhone shots.
Chihuly Garden and Glass museum
Chihuly Garden and Glass museum
Chihuly Garden and Glass museum
We then headed to the Olympic Sculpture Park but came across this enormous sculpture on the way. I know, small detail here. It’s also this vivid red sculpture (again see more through the link at the end of the post).
seattle
Richard Serra has an enormous sculpture here titled “Wake”. A couple detail shots (to see the wide version, again check the link).
wake richard serra, seattle
wake richard serra, seattle
Just next to this is Alexander Calder’s sculpture “Eagle”.
alexander calder eagle, seattle
alexander calder eagle, seattle
Another stop was the Seattle Public Library. Tougher to shoot than I thought it would be.
seattle public library,
And one detail from the brutalist King County Administration Building.
king county administration seattle
We took in a couple sunsets and observatories but instead of photographing I just enjoyed checking out these locations. Sometimes it’s nice to just put the camera away 🙂
As I mentioned, SO much more over here. As for that workshop in Seattle…not sure yet, might be a one-day offering at some point. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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