The Photographer In His First Darkroom, 1979 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/18/2019


The Photographer In His First Darkroom, 1979 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/18/2019 Modern Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $250. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

The Photographer In His First Darkroom, 1979 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/18/2019
Modern Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $250. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

I grew up in a large Georgian house in the north end of town with a great room that had been made a darkroom before we moved there. It had a small cabinet for storage, build-in counters and a huge old cast iron sink. It was perfect.

Comparing it to the darkrooms I worked around town, this room was too spare and crude to be considered modern and professional. But it was DARK when I closed the door and turned out the lights.

Today there are few darkrooms in working condition. What was a necessity is now superfluous to photography, and I’m sure my first is long gone by now.

Today I have one of those few, beautifully efficient and in perfect working order, and I use it.

And that’s forty years ago to the day that this photo was made.

The Photographer In His First Darkroom, 1979 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/18/2019
Modern Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $250. ©2019 Christopher Petrich


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Elizabeth At High Rock, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 1980 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/17/2019


Elizabeth At High Rock, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 1980 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/17/2019 Modern Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $250. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Elizabeth At High Rock, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 1980 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/17/2019
Modern Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $250. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Just west and south of Mt Rainier National Park at the summit of High Rock stands an iconic fire lookout. It was long ago abandoned for the purpose by the forest service, but in my hiking days it was my favorite spot to climb and lounge around in the back country.

I liked to take my friends up there to delight with me, and that summer of our courtship I took my sweet Elizabeth on a bright, warm day in August. Back then, it was obscure and largely ignored, so we were alone with the mountain.

I swear the mountain reflected her sweetness as perfectly as it did the light of the sun.

Elizabeth At High Rock, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 1980 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/17/2019
Modern Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $250. ©2019 Christopher Petrich


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Please Be Seated, 1982, Seattle Art Museum (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/16/2019


Please Be Seated, 1982, Seattle Art Museum (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/16/2019 Vintage Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Please Be Seated, 1982, Seattle Art Museum (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/16/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Good God Above; don’t I know how this feels now.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Ella Carter At 100, 1977 Tacoma (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/09/2019


Ella Carter At 100 In Her Living Room, Tacoma’s Hawthorne District, 1977 (Modern Silver),  Today's Coolphoto 10/11/2019 Modern Silver:: Part of a Series of 6 images, Edition One Only :: Size 8x10 :: Signed :: $1250 ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Ella Carter At 100 In Her Living Room, Tacoma’s Hawthorne District, 1977 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/11/2019
Modern Silver:: Part of a Series of 6 images, Edition One Only :: Size 8x10 :: Signed :: $1250 ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Ella Carter Laughing At 100, Tacoma, 1977 (Modern Silver),  Today's Coolphoto 10/11/2019 Modern Silver:: Part of a Series of 6 images, Edition One Only :: Size 8x10 :: Signed :: $1250 ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Ella Carter Laughing At 100, Tacoma, 1977 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/11/2019
Modern Silver:: Part of a Series of 6 images, Edition One Only :: Size 8x10 :: Signed :: $1250 ©2019 Christopher Petrich

I’m working on a series I made in 1977 of Ella Carter, an ancient soul who had just turned 100. Doug McDonald, an author and historian of Tacoma asked me to come to her house with my equipment to make her portrait.

Most of the details of the visit are gone, saving the fact that she lived in the old Hawthorne district just north of the bluff overlooking the tide-flats and the railroad yards near downtown. It was a small neighborhood of houses built for railroad workers in the late 19th century

The Hawthorne district was in the way of a covered arena planned by the city. Shortly after I made these pictures, the neighborhood was demolished for what became the Tacoma Dome and its parking lots.

I have no idea what became of Ella or her neighbors after that.

Ella Carter At 100 :: Modern Silver :: Part of a Series of 6 images, Edition One Only :: Size 8x10 :: Signed :: $1200 ©2019 Christopher Petrich


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


On The Beach Two Cousins, 1983, Fox Island (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/5/2019


On The Beach Two Cousins, 1983, Fox Island (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/5/2019 Vintage Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

On The Beach Two Cousins, 1983, Fox Island (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/5/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

The beach is timeless….and now the children of the generation shown above are pawing through the rocks for shells and agates.

On The Beach Two Cousins, 1983, Fox Island (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/5/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition Two Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625. ©2019 Christopher Petrich


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Her Following Gaze, 1982, Seattle (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/4/2019


Her Following Gaze, 1982, Seattle (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/4/2019 Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Her Following Gaze, 1982, Seattle (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/4/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

First Prize Honored for excellence by Argus, a regional arts newspaper published in Seattle.

Her Following Gaze, 1982, Seattle (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/4/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625. ©2019 Christopher Petrich


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


At The Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Today's Coolphoto 10/1/2019


At The Museum, New York, 2010 Tacoma,  Today's Coolphoto 10/4/2019  Archival Pigment: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.©Christopher Petrich

At The Museum, New York, 2010 Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 10/4/2019
Archival Pigment: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.©Christopher Petrich

This is the beautiful Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Inside they reconstructed the Temple of Denduran. There are two buildings on the museum floor that constitute the temple. This was the one in the rear.

The place was crowded. A school tour, one of many, passed by us as we gawked at the size of the stones and the grace of the shallow reliefs carved into them.

At The Museum, New York, 2010 Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 10/4/2019
Archival Pigment: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Ice Fingers, 1993 Tacoma Dome (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/1/2019


Ice Fingers, 1993 Tacoma Dome (Vintage Silver),  Today's Coolphoto 10/1/2019 Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625 ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Ice Fingers, 1993 Tacoma Dome (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/1/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625 ©2019 Christopher Petrich

These are my children’s hands. We were at the Tacoma Dome to see these enormous cubes of ice melting onto the floor. Inside each cube were frozen neon lights, just fingers of them, all different colors.

You know, NEON.

Ice Fingers, 1993 Tacoma Dome (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 10/1/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Boys In The Park Under The Maple In Early Fall, Wright Park, Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/30/2019


Boys In The Park Under The Maple In Early Fall, 1977 Wright Park Tacoma,  Today's Coolphoto 09/30/2019 Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 8x10 :: Signed :: $625.

Boys In The Park Under The Maple In Early Fall, 1977 Wright Park Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/30/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 8x10 :: Signed :: $625.

.The Fall day was waning, Fog was coming up through the trees from the bay.

The boys were horsing around below me in Wright Park. When they saw me with the big twin-lens reflex they cranked the horseplay up a notch. I called to them to form a group and they ran to embrace one another.

They were like a small flock of finches, together in a movement, and then off to the corners of the yard.

Boys In The Park Under The Maple In Early Fall, 1977 Wright Park Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/30/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 8x10 :: Signed :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Jim Coblentz, Publicity Stills For My Teenage Movie, 1967 Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/28/2019


Jim Coblentz, 1967 Tacoma,  Today's Coolphoto 09/28/2019 ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Jim Coblentz, 1967 Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/28/2019 ©2019 Christopher Petrich

In high school the newest and hottest thing was the film festival. Film was within reach because cameras and film were cheap and available. Jim was my best friend and he agreed to be the lead (and only) actor. I shot it on an old 8mm Eumig with a spring driven motor and a turret of three lenses. There was no script, and the story line emerged at the editing table, with some additional scenes shot later to fill in some glaring plot gaps.

We decided to rummage around the old military salvage ships on the tide flats for sets. The scene above is about where the current Chinese Reconciliation Park is now in Old Town. The building in back I believe was occupied by Aerojet to build hydrofoils.

Jim was really good in front of the camera. He evoked real emotion and was serious about it. He also put together the sound track, no dialogue, but loads of music edited to fit the cut of the film. He recorded it on a reel to reel tape recorder. The tape stretched of course every time it ran through the recorder and the machine itself was imprecise, so by the time we showed it there were some embarrassing miscues between the running tape and the running film.

It was all done to fill up a summer between Junior and Senior Year.

The film was called “Coming About” and it was about transformation. The story took a young man through war and trauma to emerge into something else. It was all very vague then, a product of active teenage imaginations. The filming itself was uneven, but it actually received a standing ovation for one small scene depicting the transformation itself.

Near my house was one of the many gulches cutting into the steep hills above the bay. The gulches were wild and overgrown then with ferns, young maples and alders, and all forms of forest underbrush. Today many have groomed trails. These gullies served to funnel the many streams and springs to the bay from the hills above it. The scene in the movie that got all the attention was a wild plunge down one of the gulch trails. Jim ran at a full gallop and I followed with the little Eumig running. It was one of the few scenes captured with the right exposure and it showed a kaleidoscope of brush and branches flashing by with the occasional shot of Jim’s head and body smeared across the screen.

The glories of youth.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


She's Running In Her Sunday Best, 1982 Seattle, Today's Coolphoto 09/27/2019


She's Running In Her Sunday Best, 1982 Seattle (Vintage Silver),  Today's Coolphoto 09/27/2019 Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $625.©2019 Christopher Petrich

She's Running In Her Sunday Best, 1982 Seattle (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 09/27/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $625.©2019 Christopher Petrich

We went to a friend’s house one Sunday in June after church. He had been a catholic priest down in El Salvador and had taken to adopting orphaned children. There were plenty to choose from, sadly, due to the murderous time back then.

It was a happy household we saw, kinda wild, and entirely right.

She's Running In Her Sunday Best, 1982 Seattle (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 09/27/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Boy all Those Aunties, 2019 Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/26/2019


Boy all Those Aunties, 2019 Tacoma,  Today's Coolphoto 09/26/2019 Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

Boy all Those Aunties, 2019 Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/26/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

They were happy to be together, no doubt about it.

And when I raised my Leica, first there was curiosity and suspicion, then laughter and playfulness.

They passed and giggled back, “How about a second shot!”

That was a new one. “OK! You asked for it!”

Boy all Those Aunties, 2019 Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/26/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Oscar Romero March, Seattle 1987 - With Archbishop Hunthausen (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 09/25/2019


On a brilliant Spring morning, we walked to protest the profound tragedy of the murder of 100,000 people in Central America. That was in 1987, thirty two years ago. We took to the streets to remember the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero in 1980. He dared to implore that the killing stop, so he was killed. And 40 others were killed. It was an act of terrorism.

“In the name of God and the name of the suffering people,
I implore you, I beg you, I order you, stop the repression!”

On the right in the picture is Raymond Hunthausen, Archbishop of Seattle. He was “Dutch” to us. I saw him as a man with courage and conviction, and he was good at his job too. Such sins were punished severely by the church and he was fired. But first they sent in a minder.

The guy who fired him is named Ratzinger. What a name. He changed it to Benedict when he became the pope. Probably the only really smart thing the guy ever did.

Oscar Romero March, Seattle 1987 - With Archbishop Hunthausen (Vintage Silver)
Today's Coolphoto 09/25/2019
Vintage Silver :: Edition 2 :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


A Little Boy's Driftwood Fence On Owen Beach, New Years 2014, Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/24/2019


A Little Boy's Driftwood Fence On Owen Beach, New Years 2014, Tacoma , Today's Coolphoto 09/24/2019 Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

A Little Boy's Driftwood Fence On Owen Beach, New Years 2014, Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/24/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250. ©2019 Christopher Petrich

It was a cold morning on New Year’s Day in 2014, but it was dry and so we went down to the water on Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park.

There were a few others there. We were all quiet, sorting through the rocks for agates and watching the clouds drift into the hills of Vashon and Maury Islands across the channel.

But a boy was intent on holding back the tide with a line of driftwood stuck down into the gravel along the tide line. He stared out, standing at one end of his fence and back from the edge of water encroaching on his creation.

The swelling water was not stopped of course. It was a childish idea. Even with something bigger, or taller, or made of the very best concrete the water will not be stopped.

It was a childish idea, yes, but it was charming when a child realized it at the beach on a cold New Year’s day.

A Little Boy's Driftwood Fence On Owen Beach, New Years 2014, Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/24/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


In The Field Of Faith And Light (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 09/23/2019


When we were young we entered the orbit of L’Arche and Faith and Light through our church at St Leo’s in Tacoma. I was a minor satellite in that universe where the hot sun at the center was the truth of lives lived disabled. People closest to the center shine a light too bright to be hidden. The light is enough to fill the dark corners of any life nearby, and so we saw ourselves more clearly for who we were.

L’Arche Tahoma Hope began in 1977 with a knock on the door…..a patient, persistent knock. At the time, David Rothrock and Fr. Peter Byrne were co-pastors of St. Leo’s Parish. St. Leo’s is located in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood; a neighborhood that is quite challenged by society’s standards, but one that has much heart and soul. One evening, around 6pm, David and Peter heard a knock on their door. Upon answering the door, they found Fred Kobel and Greg Hanon.. Fred and Greg were housemates at a nearby facility, and stopped by to say “hi”. As it was the dinner hour, David and Peter invited them in for dinner. The rest, they say, is history….


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Kids And Lollipops, Today's Coolphoto 09/21/2019


Kids And Lollipops August 2019 , Today's Coolphoto 09/21/2019 Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.

Kids And Lollipops August 2019, Today's Coolphoto 09/21/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.

It was hot. We were heading downtown for a meeting.

In front of an arcade three kids were hanging out and sucking on sugar lollies. They turned to me and showed, what?

Suspicion certainly; but something else.

It was a rendezvous. We walked on.

Kids And Lollipops August 2019, Today's Coolphoto 09/21/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


U.S.S. Lexington at Baker Dock, 1929 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 09/20/2019


Tacoma Public Library, (Chapin Bowen Collection G71.1-114)

Tacoma Public Library, (Chapin Bowen Collection G71.1-114)

This is a great photograph by Chapin Bowen who was active in Tacoma between 1927 and 1949. The image is part of the Chapin Bowen Collection in the Pacific Northwest Room at the Tacoma Public Library.

For a month in the winter of ‘29, the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington provided electricity to the city of Tacoma. A drought brought the water levels down behind the city’s hydroelectric dams, and without water to drive the turbines, the city was low on power. The city shut electricity to the Cascade Paper Company’s tide-flat pulp mill. The mill laid off 300 men.

This photograph shows the ship at Baker Dock on the City Waterway (now named for Thea Foss). In a rain storm a brass band announced its arrival to a crowd at the dock. The drought had passed. The Lexington’s boilers produced a quarter of Tacoma’s power for about 30 days. The ship was lost during the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942.

I made this print from the original negative in 1977 on a Kodak Ektalure paper, a warm toned chloro-bromide paper. The picture was taken less than 46 years before I made the gelatin silver print from the original negative, and now 42 years have elapsed since. Mt Rainier looms on the horizon. The sign reads, “North Coast Limited - One of America’s Fine Trains.” The North Coast Limited was operated by the Northern Pacific Railway between Chicago and Seattle via Bismarck, North Dakota. Tacoma was the western terminus of the Northern Pacific.

Todays Coolphoto 20190920

U.S.S. Lexington at Baker Dock, 1929 (Modern Silver)
Artist Chapin Bowen
Original Date 1929
Print Date 1977
Size 10x8
Format Silver
Edition 1
Stamp On Back
Price $625


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Ella Fitzgerald, Seattle, 1976 (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 09/18/2019


The great Ella Fitzgerald performed in Seattle in the mid-seventies. I made this image to accompany a review for a local throwaway. I didn't keep a tearsheet and I can't remember the name of the paper. That’s Tommy Flanagan upstage playing the piano.

In 1956 during the Newport summer jazz festival Mr. Flanagan first accompanied Ella Fitzgerald, a job that would keep him occupied for a good deal of the next 20 years; he also acted as her musical director.

Todays Coolphoto 20190918

Ella Fitzgerald, Seattle, 1976 (Vintage Silver)
Print 18217
Original Date 1976
Print Date 1976
Size 10x8
Format Vintage Silver
Edition 1
Stamp On Back
Price $625


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


March For Our Lives - A Year Later, Today's Coolphoto 09/17/2019


This protest was in 2018, a year ago. Since then 36,383 people have been shot to death, most as suicide. This is personal. I lost two cousins to gun suicide.

On the March For Our Lives Saturday my mind was filled with memories of protests long ago, when I was at school. At that time gun violence in Southeast Asia was on everyone's mind. The gun violence now is in our schools, and hospitals, and public buildings, and music festivals, and grocery stores, and our living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, attics, and garages.

We don't know when to quit, or how. We are killing ourselves and everything else we can lay our hands on.

Death is around us and closing in fast. This is our doing.

Let’s stop doing it.

Long Hair, March For Our Lives, People's Park Tacoma 2018,
Today's Coolphoto 09/17/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9:: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Dubliners (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 09/16/2019


One pleasant evening in the month of June I passed a filthy stone building hovering like a dirty pile of wet clothes on a street stained with horse dung, oils, butts and scraps. The building was in the heart of Dublin and housed the headquarters of Doherty’s Coal. Dublin was a dirty old town then. It was the heavy soot of Doherty’s coal smoke from thousands of Dublin hearths that covered everything in the city with a dismal veil..

In the doorway of Doherty’s Coal a pitiful lame beggar played a lament on a worn squeezebox. His braced left foot stuck out onto the pavement. He wore a wool vest and a white shirt stained with weeks of grime and gray dust. His shoes were scuffed and fit poorly. His thin right leg was pulled up to his chin and gave support to his left hand as he squeezed out the sad music. He was aged and troubled, and his song was barely heard.

The man let a cold cigarette hang from the corner of his cracked lips. Beneath the step he put his woolen cap on the curbstone. I had no money to spare, and there was no one else to hear it either. The cap was empty of coins. His face was empty of feeling.

Then suddenly a solitary girl in a hooded coat and a wild smile of excitement ran pell-mell onto the sidewalk. Her exhilaration lifted her above the pavement as she dashed by in an instant.

She was the wind in the barley. She was the ancient Brigid.

She was the coming warmth of summer and she was young. But the ancient beggar was not moved to look up.

Dubliners, Republic Of Ireland 1972 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 09/16/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only:: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.