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


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