This bridge was the sole span across the Tacoma Narrows but also the second of its kind after the first was blown apart by the wind in the early 1940's. In 2007 a new suspension bridge arose next to it, but for over fifty years this steel bridge held the position by itself.
I loved seeing it from below because it showed how delicate the structure appeared to be while belying its great strength.
This is one of my earliest images in large format. I had studied the principles of Ansel Adams, wishing to create a body of work that echoed Adams' majestic style. I would continue to emulate this style for another 20 years.
I created large format silver photographs of my home town for 20 years from 1990 through 2010. These are rich, beautifully crafted silver images processed for permanence. Vintage prints are made within a year of the photograph create date. My usual practice was to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. There are at most six prints per image; most images have three or fewer prints.