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Snoop Dogg for Northwest Leaf | Seattle editorial photographer

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Photographed @snoopdogg for @nwleaf back in April and it was one of the craziest shoots of my career. Asked for 1 minute and got 39 seconds – did two setups and managed 23 photos. Arrived two hours early and up until I had Snoop in front of my camera wasn’t entirely sure it would actually happen:) Big thanks to Will and Ryan for making that possible! Snoop was friendly but quiet, and flashed a bunch of poses at me without talking. I asked him to look up toward my light in one – and then his manager said alright lets go. Such a quick encounter as these tend to be.

 

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Afterward, Snoop was posing for photos and signing autographs for fans at @haveaheartrec_ – I had a kind of crazy idea to light Snoop while he was posing with other people and got the go ahead to keep shooting. I convinced my assistant @taylorfeistphoto to jump in and hold up a piece of black seamless behind Snoop for a couple of seconds at a time. Taylor convinced his security guards. It was working! But just as soon, the legend had to take off. One of those shoots you prepare hours for and its over in a puff of smoke.

Thanks for looking!

-Daniel

Personal work: Trump in Lynden rally | Seattle editorial photographer

On May 5th, the Donald Trump campaign announced they would be visiting the Northwest for two stops on May 7th: one all the way in Eastern Washington, and the other all the way in Lynden. I decided to head up to Lynden at the crack of dawn for the two-hour drive and make portraits of attendees and supporters as a personal project. When I arrived six hours before the rally, there were at least 200 people already in line, stretching down the street outside the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds. Pushing around a beauty dish on a rolling lightstand, I stopped to ask people to make their picture, while others would flag me down and ask what I was up to. I got lots of questions about who I was working for, where I lived, and what did I personally believe? Still, everyone was very accommodating and it was exciting to see the energy in the area even as supporters endured long lines and hours in the sun (fyi, I’m still sunburnt). It was a fun and historic day to document – the little town of Lynden will probably never entertain another presidential candidate, as many supporters noted.

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A truck belonging to John Beavers of Belfair, Washington, at a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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“Trump’s going to be the strongest for veterans and keep out drugs,” said Clay of Ferndale, holding the hand of his 14-month-old daughter, Liberty, while waiting in line for a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Logan, Jake and Eli, no last names given, center, wait in line before a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Twins Leslie and Alex Strandgard, 16, of Lynden, stand in front of Alex’s truck with their father, Rich, across the street from a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. “Lynden is a real conservative town,” Rich said. “We weren’t sure if there was going to be any trouble. You hear only snippets of his speech. I kind of wanted to see what else he talks about.” Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Six hours before the rally, a street merchant works the line. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Donald Trump supporters Dan Thompson, left, and Scott Holen, both of Lynden. “This is a once in a lifetime deal,” Holen said. “I’ve been so disillusioned with the whole process for so long I didn’t have a reason to participate until now.” Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Trump supporters Celeste Race, Brittney Weib and Wren Racz of Kirkland, center, hangout ahead of a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Lynden 14-year-olds Jack Berry, Eric Bode and Sullivan Klyn painted their chests before a rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. “We gotta make America great again,” said Berry. “It’s the only time this might happen to a little place called Lynden,” said Bode. “We’re making history for a good cause.” Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Trent Kettles of Lynden waits in line ahead of a Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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“This is a big step. I can’t miss this. I’m young,” said Michael Baldwin, who noted he was born and raised in Lynden, while waiting to get into a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Protestors took aim from across the street, the physical space separating them Trump supporters, outside of a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Three arrests were made when protestors laid down in the street to block the path of Trump’s planned route into the area. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Chase, Joel and Melanie, no last names given, of Edgewood, wait in line at a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Joel S. of Bellingham, in red cap, waits in line with thousands of other Trump supporters attending a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Western Washington University Police Officer Derek Jones attended the rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Washington State Troopers stand near a main entrance into the rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. A reported 5,000 people attended the event, which attracted considerable protest ahead of the planned 3 p.m. speech, delayed by an hour when Trump’s plane was late leaving an earlier stop in Spokane. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Rocky Toussant of Bellingham holds a homemade sign while walking into a rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. A reported 5,000 people attended the event, which attracted considerable protest ahead of the planned 3 p.m. speech, delayed by an hour when Trump’s plane was late leaving an earlier stop in Spokane. Lynden is home to about 12,000 people and was a last-minute host to the presidential candidate after the campaign had difficulty obtaining permits for a hastily planned event in Seattle, located two hours away. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington photos

Protestors took aim from across the street, the physical space separating them Trump supporters, outside of a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Three arrests were made when protestors laid down in the street to block the path of Trump’s planned route into the area. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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A truck drives past Trump supporters lined up on Kok Street outside of a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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“I’m hoping and praying that Trump becomes president,” said Tabitha Staton of Mount Baker, “because we will finally get the change we deserve.” Staton was one of about 5,000 people who attended a rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Dan Sanford of Concrete waits in line to enter a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Photos of Trump supporters and events unfolding at a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. A reported 5,000 people attended the event, which attracted considerable protest ahead of the planned 3 p.m. speech, which was delayed by an hour when Trump’s plane was late leaving an earlier stop in Spokane. Lynden is home to about 12,000 people and was a last-minute host to the presidential candidate after the campaign had difficulty obtaining permits for a hastily planned event in Seattle, located two hours away. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Seattle Police Department sent officers on bike ahead of a campaign stop and rally by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. The small town of about 12,000 people is located two hours north of Seattle. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Jon Honorof of Lynden wore a shirt that he said has been in his family for generations. “The beliefs still stand strong,” Honorof said, standing near his family waiting in line to enter a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in Lynden, Washington at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Saturday May 7, 2016. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Coming from nearby Bellingham, Sehome High School students Colleen Graham, Glory DeCoteau, Olen Sandeno, Sean Graham, Tyler Carroll and Aiden Capistro came to support Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump at his rally May 7, 2016 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

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Trent Kettles of Lynden places a festive hat on one of his sons while telling his other son to not cover his face with the flag. “We don’t cover our faces,” Kettles said. “Only cowards cover their faces.” Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Since I did not have press credentials, I was unable to bring my lighting or large digital SLR into the rally – and believe me, I tried:) Ahead of time, I obtained a free ticket into the event. I packed up my gear and retrieved the small Samsung NX500 point and shoot that I keep in my glovebox. I was able to bring that in fortunately and document the actual rally. As people waited and took selfies with friends, organizers played a handful of songs over and over. “Can’t always get what you want” by the Rolling Stones certainly seemed like an odd choice.

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Everett helping homeless for Cityvision | Seattle editorial photographer

Got approached to do a cool shoot for my longtime client, Cityvision, last month, focusing on the innovative efforts of Everett to combat the issue of homelessness.

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By opening new shelters and affordable housing, and stopping the revolving doors of the criminal justice system, Everett is finally doing something productive on the matter.

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The magazine’s art director had coordinated access to do the shoot on top of the Wall Street Building in downtown Everett. In my naivety I thought, ok, we’ll get to the highest floor, pop out a roof hatch, and be shooting in no time.

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But when we got to the 10th floor, the PR person let us know we went on foot from there. We emerged on a sub level of the roof, surrounded by a 6-foot-tall parapet. I couldn’t understand why we would do the shoot there — you couldn’t see anything. Then he pointed to the ladder. Did I mention I hate heights?

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My assistant, Matt Mills McKnight, and I worked out a plan to get the lighting gear up to the actual roof. We packed two heads into the beauty dish case, which I put onto my back. Matt carried my camera bag. Then we held on for dear life. The most impressive part though is that all three of our subjects were game to participate and climb too. What troupers! If nothing else, this job makes for some very interesting bar stories. Many thanks to City of Everett Lead Prosecutor Hil Kaman, Deputy City Attorney David Hall, and Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson.

 

Soyeon Yi for Cosmopolitan.com | Seattle editorial photographer

One of my last and favorite shoots of 2015 was to photograph Korea’s first female astronaut, Soyeon Yi, for Cosmopolitan.com. Yi made headlines in 2008 as she conducted research for 10 days at the International Space Station. Today she volunteers at The Museum of Flight here in Seattle. Big thanks to Soyeon for her time, my assistant Kyu Han for wheeling lights around, and The Museum of Flight for their gracious accommodation!

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Gravity Pay CEO Dan Price for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

Back in May I had a cover shoot from Seattle Weekly to photograph Gravity Pay CEO Dan Price at the payment processing company’s headquarters in Ballard. The story was held until now to be included in the Best Of Issue. When I photographed him, Price’s decision to offer a starting salary of $70,000 per year to all of his employees was met by an immediate deluge of international attention. He cut his own multimillion-dollar pay to be able to finance the move. Of course not everyone was happy with the announcement, but the business is seeing an increase in sales and Price says he stands by the principles of making such a transition: for all his employees to have an actual livable wage in the Northwest. Price was humble, present, and generous with his time, and had no problem posing for a few shots with the coffee cup prop we brought in. I gave it to him after the shoot! Assisting by Ian Bates.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price at their headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle May 11, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly.

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price photographed for Seattle Weekly

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price photographed for Seattle Weekly

Punk Band The Wimps for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

Punk band The Wimps enjoy a spa day in their usual Seattle surroundings. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly. Styling by Tristan Weholt. L-R: Matt, Rachel, Dave

Seattle Weekly’s art director Jose Trujillo commissioned me for an awesome piece in the paper’s Best Of Issue that would send up the idea of The Wimps, which won Best Punk Band, as this exclusive, uptight group barely making room in their day for the story. As luck would have it, Matt, Rachel and Dave are actually nice people and were game for the idea: Jose wanted to have the band enjoying a spa day somewhere kind of dirty — could it be in an alleyway? I scouted a few hours looking for the right sketchy/usable spot. I checked out parking lots and back streets in Capitol Hill, SoDo, Georgetown, Pioneer Square, the ID and Ballard. With hours to the call time I managed to spot a perfectly questionable, graffiti-covered sidewalk with an absurd amount of garbage strewn about. I did a slow roll. There were boxes of beer upturned, bottles everywhere, and someone had gotten ahold of some chalk. I liked the spot immediately and wondered who would litter like that, then parked the car and waited for the team to assemble. Under some nice intense sunlight and with the help of Seattle stylist Tristan Weholt who sourced and staged everything else (and made a plate of guitar-shaped tea sandwiches and refreshing fruit-infused water to boot), plus the help of good friend Matt McKnight assisting, we got to work transforming this SoDo backlot into our makeshift alley spa.

Punk band The Wimps enjoy a spa day in their usual Seattle surroundings. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly. Styling by Tristan Weholt. L-R: Matt, Rachel, Dave

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Google Economic Impact Report | Seattle editorial photographer

Back in March I got a surprising phone call. It was about 6 in the evening on a Monday and a producer at North6 was searching for a photographer to shoot for a Google project. Where? A remote Alaskan town. When? That weekend. I half expected a radio DJ to burst out laughing on the other end. But the assignment was to photograph an aerial tour guide in Talkeetna, a few hours north of Anchorage, as part of Google’s state-by-state Economic Impact Report highlighting how small businesses use Google services. I hoped for a chance to fly around Denali, but alas, that shoot became impossible due to scheduling. But I stayed in touch with the client and fortunately there were opportunities to take on assignments for the project in far more familiar places.

I photographed Portland Meat Collective Founder Camas Davis in Oregon, then Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore in Seattle, and flew to Boise, Idaho, to photograph Tsheets.com Founder Matt Rissell on a quick there-and-back trip April 1st.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google

Portland Meat Collective Owner Camas Davis teaches a class about preparing and cooking pork at Elder Hall in Portland Wednesday Mar. 18, 2015. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Sip & Ship Owner Diana Naramore at her Ballard location in Seattle Tuesday March 23, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Tsheets.com CEO Matt Rissell poses for a portrait at their office April 1, 2015 in Eagle, ID. Photo by Daniel Berman for Google.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

I had a great assignment from Seattle Weekly earlier this month to photograph Cary Moon, an activist and urban designer who opposes continued development of the Bertha tunnel project. For those not living in Seattle, the waterfront highway a.k.a the Highway 99 Viaduct, is being torn down and replaced with a tunnel. The project has been plagued with problems and delays, some technical, some bureaucratic — all expensive. Check out the story for a much more thorough peek into why this divisive issue matters so much. We battled the wind on top of Pier 86 in downtown for a view of the skyline and then moved to under the viaduct for another view of the city.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

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Thanks for looking,

Daniel

Harry Partch instruments for KUOW | Seattle editorial photographer

It’s not every day that you get to see and hear a piece of history. Make that pieces. I got an assignment last week from KUOW to photograph Charles Corey, the 30-year-old caretaker of the Harry Partch instruments collection at the University of Washington School of Music. In a fun story by Marcie Sillman you can actually hear the renowned, intricate instruments. Partch created the instruments between the 1940s and 1970s, and they are based on the Just Intonation scale, not anything like what we are used to hearing from traditional instruments. You can find some really intense theatrical productions of Partch’s arrangements on Youtube too that help put his life’s work in context. He wasn’t just a composer and musician, he was also a playwright and auteur.

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Adapted Viola. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Adapted Viola. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Chromelodeon, created in 1941. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Chromelodeon, created in 1941. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. A view of the Cloud Chamber Bowls, created in 1950. The bowls are the sawed-off bottoms of large glass bottles made by Pyrex, and produce different tons when tapped on the top or bottom or scraped along the side. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. A view of the Cloud Chamber Bowls, created in 1950. The bowls are the sawed-off bottoms of large glass bottles made by Pyrex, and produce different tons when tapped on the top or bottom or scraped along the side. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates Bass Marimba, which requires standing on a large bench to reach playing height. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates Bass Marimba, which requires standing on a large bench to reach playing height. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Kithara II, created in 1954 by Partch. Glass tubes are moved up and down on the sides to create varying pressure and different tonality. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Kithara II, created in 1954 by Partch. Glass tubes are moved up and down on the sides to create varying pressure and different tonality. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. "I've been doing this almost 13 years now," Corey said. The instruments were created between the 1940s and 1960s by the American composer Partch. The instruments are renowned for their complex and unique sound structure abilities based on the Just Intonation scale, which was designed to more naturally imitate human voice pitch. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. “I’ve been doing this almost 13 years now,” Corey said. The instruments were created between the 1940s and 1960s by the American composer Partch. The instruments are renowned for their complex and unique sound structure abilities based on the Just Intonation scale, which was designed to more naturally imitate human voice pitch. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb cover for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb cover for Seattle Weekly  | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb cover for Seattle Weekly | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb cover for Seattle Weekly  | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb cover for Seattle Weekly | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb for Seattle Weekly  | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb for Seattle Weekly | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

My first assignment for Seattle Weekly was this cover shoot for a sensitive story about Alison Holcomb and Gregg Holcomb’s unique histories. Alison was the writer and public face of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 here in Washington. Her husband Gregg is the owner of the Capitol Hill bar Witness. Her story as a drug law reformer and activist for criminal sentencing reform intertwine with her husband’s tragic reality. His father was murdered. He is alone among his siblings in calling for rehabilitation for the murderer, and not a life sentence. There is so much more to this powerful story by Nina Shapiro, please give it a read.

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