La traditionnelle visite a la boulangerie, Today's Coolphoto

Today we met at the local boulagngerie in Burien, called Bakery Nouveau. We have a sandwich and talk about photography the way old friends do. It was a busy place on a fine morning. Look at those eyes.

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The Traditional Trip To The Boulangerie (la traditionnelle visite à la boulangerie), Burien 2019
Original Date 2019
Print Date 2019
Size 11x9
Format Archival Pigment
Edition Open
Stamp On Back
Price $250


First Ever Photograph of a Human Being  — Boulevard du Temple  in Paris (1838) by Louis Daguerre. In the bottom left hand corner is a man who was having his shoes shined.

First Ever Photograph of a Human BeingBoulevard du Temple in Paris (1838) by Louis Daguerre. In the bottom left hand corner is a man who was having his shoes shined.

Back in the day when I was young and excited by the great photographs of the street I had seen, I stepped out the door to get some of the same. The shuffle and rhythm of past shooter’s footsteps echoed before me, along with the click of their shutters and their gasps of surprise.

Street Photography is the original focus of photography; its subject most quickly and easily captured and recognized. And even now, we look for those looks on the faces sent our way as we rush past.

For the next few days I’ll be showing my latest finds. I’ll be showing faces as they pass, and the wake of others that have already sailed by. I’ll be showing scenes that grabbed me by the shoulders and cried, “Did you see that? Did you SEE THAT!”

Vintage - I printed the photograph within a year of the original exposure.
Archival Pigment - Printed in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper.
Silver - Printed in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Christopher Petrich is a photographer active in the Pacific Northwest. He is based in Tacoma Washington where he grew up and raised a family. Over his 50 year career he has worked on projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan as well as in 23 American states coast to coast. He has placed his work in corporate and private collections worldwide.  

Patti At The Piano, Today's Coolphoto

We retrieved this Gulbransen upright from the basement of my parents’ home where it had been since we moved in some 20 years before. What took eight hours for two men from the moving company to get in, my two friends and I got out in forty five minutes, door to door. The basement door was at the foot of a stairway ten feet below. The secret was to ask my father Jim, a naval architect and marine engineer, to look at it. “They had trouble because the piano was too big for the well and they spent all those hours lifting and turning it to fit into the door. Just build a platform to raise it about a foot above the floor of the well,” he said.

Worked like a champ. Thanks Dad, you’re brilliant!

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Patti At The Piano, Tacoma, 1996, (Vintage Silver)
Print 18164
Original Date 1996
Print Date 2096
Size 10x8
Format Silver
Edition One Only
Stamp On Back
Price $625


First Ever Photograph of a Human Being  — Boulevard du Temple  in Paris (1838) by Louis Daguerre. In the bottom left hand corner is a man who was having his shoes shined.

First Ever Photograph of a Human BeingBoulevard du Temple in Paris (1838) by Louis Daguerre. In the bottom left hand corner is a man who was having his shoes shined.

Back in the day when I was young and excited by the great photographs of the street I had seen, I stepped out the door to get some of the same. The shuffle and rhythm of past shooter’s footsteps echoed before me, along with the click of their shutters and their gasps of surprise.

Street Photography is the original focus of photography; its subject most quickly and easily captured and recognized. And even now, we look for those looks on the faces sent our way as we rush past.

For the next few days I’ll be showing my latest finds. I’ll be showing faces as they pass, and the wake of others that have already sailed by. I’ll be showing scenes that grabbed me by the shoulders and cried, “Did you see that? Did you SEE THAT!”

Vintage - I printed the photograph within a year of the original exposure.
Archival Pigment - Printed in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper.
Silver - Printed in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Christopher Petrich is a photographer active in the Pacific Northwest. He is based in Tacoma Washington where he grew up and raised a family. Over his 50 year career he has worked on projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan as well as in 23 American states coast to coast. He has placed his work in corporate and private collections worldwide.  

Street Smarts, Today's Coolphoto

This boy was lost in a physical reverie, trying to climb up the small slope on cardboard in stocking feet. He would slip and fall forward every time, over a dozen tries, until he saw me, and then he twirled around, only to drop onto his butt.

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Pirouettes On Cardboard, Tacoma (2019)
Original Date 2019
Print Date 2019
Size 11x9
Format Archival Pigment
Edition Open
Stamp On Back
Price $250


The contrast between the dark gallery wall and the well-lit hall outside was compelling in its simplicity. Then the boy walked into my frame and transformed the image into beauty. I love this image.

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The Boy deYoung, San Francisco (2014)
Original Date 2014
Print Date 2019
Size 11x9
Format Archival Pigment
Edition Open
Stamp On Back
Price $250


First Ever Photograph of a Human Being  — Boulevard du Temple  in Paris (1838) by Louis Daguerre. In the bottom left hand corner is a man who was having his shoes shined.

First Ever Photograph of a Human BeingBoulevard du Temple in Paris (1838) by Louis Daguerre. In the bottom left hand corner is a man who was having his shoes shined.

Back in the day when I was young and excited by the great photographs of the street I had seen, I stepped out the door to get some of the same. The shuffle and rhythm of past shooter’s footsteps echoed before me, along with the click of their shutters and their gasps of surprise.

Street Photography is the original focus of photography; its subject most quickly and easily captured and recognized. And even now, we look for those looks on the faces sent our way as we rush past.

For the next few days I’ll be showing my latest finds. I’ll be showing faces as they pass, and the wake of others that have already sailed by. I’ll be showing scenes that grabbed me by the shoulders and cried, “Did you see that? Did you SEE THAT!”

Vintage - I printed the photograph within a year of the original exposure.
Archival Pigment - Printed in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper.
Silver - Printed in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Christopher Petrich is a photographer active in the Pacific Northwest. He is based in Tacoma Washington where he grew up and raised a family. Over his 50 year career he has worked on projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan as well as in 23 American states coast to coast. He has placed his work in corporate and private collections worldwide.  

Today's CoolPhoto 4/19/2019



The only route to the south end of Vashon Island is by ferry from Point Defiance to Tahlequah. For a young family, the ride represented a cheap outing and a chance to be on the water in summer. The passage is deep, over 90 fathoms at one point en route, and over the years we have seen whales and dolphins swim near as we crossed. We crossed on the ferry Hiyu in 1982.

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On The Ferry To Vashon, Tacoma, 1982, (Silver)
Print 18163
Original Date 1982
Print Date 2008
Size 10x8
Format Silver
Edition One Only
Stamp On Back
Price $625


Vintage - I printed the photograph within a year of the original exposure.
Archival Pigment - Printed in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper.
Silver - Printed in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Christopher Petrich is a photographer active in the Pacific Northwest. He is based in Tacoma Washington where he grew up and raised a family. Over his 50 year career he has worked on projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan as well as in 23 American states coast to coast. He has placed his work in corporate and private collections worldwide.  

Today's CoolPhoto 4/14/2019

VINTAGE SILVER

Stamped and noted on back. One only.

This is a childhood friend named Jim Coblentz. We were out at Fox Island at my family’s beach place. I think he reminds me of Dwalin from Lord Of the Rings.

Vintage - I printed the photograph within a year of the original exposure.
Archival Pigment - Printed in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper.
Silver - Printed in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Note: Many customers have told me that they prefer loose prints for their collection since they store their fine prints in a box with tissue interleaving. Assuming this, I will ship without overmat, unless you request otherwise.

Today's CoolPhoto 4/13/2019

VINTAGE SILVER

Title: Man Strolling Beneath A Cherry Tree in Wright Park, Tacoma (Vintage Silver)
Date Of Image: 1994
Date Of Print:
1994
Size: 10x8
Format: Vintage Silver
Price $625

Vintage - I printed the photograph within a year of the original exposure.
Archival Pigment - Printed in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper.
Silver - Printed in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

Price does not include shipping or taxes.

The Big Badlands Last Year

August in the badlands is hot. The dead prairie grasses are yellow, but where there is water, green trees. The land is old, and it is barren. It is so dry that the mineral colors of the eras show clearly. Pinks, browns, yellows, and blue gray stripe the distant eroded buttes and canyons. Any organic material, any loam for example has long ago dried to dust.

The scene is millennia before our very eyes because this was the bed of a vast inland sea and we see the layers of earth in cross section there. The layers accumulated over hundreds of millions of years, an incessant rain of dust and death descending to the sea bottom for all that time.

Now the sea lies bone-dry under empty skies in summer and winter.

Big Badlands, South Dakota, 2017

Big Badlands, South Dakota, 2017

Missouri Photo Workshop Submission 2018

Bob And Jay's Ass, 1974

Bob And Jay's Ass, 1974

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.

Ramona - Cradling Daddy, June 23

Ramona - Cradling Daddy 2018

Ramona - Cradling Daddy 2018

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.

A Boy On Skates, June 21

This boy coasted up and down the sidewalk on skates behind his sleek young dog, his hand tight on the dog's leash. And when the boy stopped he seemed to puzzle over the right way to tie the dog to a pole. But the dog stood still without the leash, tethered by his gaze on the distracted master.

A Boy On Skates, 2018

A Boy On Skates, 2018

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.

Ramona - Toddler in ivan's arms, June 20

Ramona was tired, but she insisted, forcefully, "grilla for me! stop it!"

Ivan's is a sad story.  Born in Africa, he was taken from his family and was kept as a curiosity in South Tacoma at a discount mall called The B&I Circus Store. His place was an empty concrete room. I saw him once, sitting in a corner with his back to the wall, not moving, pitiable. Then he moved to Atlanta, where he prospered.

Here, he has a red flower in his hand, and a toddler in his arms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYYL2LxotA8

Ramona - In Ivans Arms 2018

Ramona - In Ivans Arms 2018

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.

Ramona - Toddler At The Door, June 15

She's always pushing buttons; she knows the IPhone Home Button works with only my finger. She knows these things.

Ramona - Toddler At The Door, 2018

Ramona - Toddler At The Door, 2018

I've gotten a bunch of requests for technical info on my pictures of the day.
Camera: Leica M9
Lens: Leica 35mm f/2 SUMMICRON-M ASPH
Exposure: 180/f9.5 (ISO 320)
Post processing: Adobe Photoshop Version: 13.0.1 (13.0.1.3 20131024.r.34 2013/10/24:21:00:00) x64
Operating System: Windows NT, Version: 6.2
System architecture: Intel CPU Family:6, Model:15, Stepping:2 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2

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.

Couple In The Gulch - One In Pink, Photo Of The Day, June 13

Cutting through the ancient beds of glacial till Puget Gulch is the channel for fresh water to the Sound. Over the years the people around it pulled out trash, old cars, tires, needles, mountains of junk to allow stands of alder, maple, fir, cottonwood to grow a thick canopy above it. The trees cool Puget Creek so that the salmon can spawn there again. 

Down the gulch people walk to the sea.

Couple In The Gulch - One In Pink, 2018

Couple In The Gulch - One In Pink, 2018

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.

Crane On the East Tower of the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 11

The New Tacoma Narrows Bridge was added just to the south of the existing bridge, which was itself built to replace the famous "Galloping Gertie" that was blown to oblivion in 1940. The wreckage of that old bridge on the bottom of the strait is home to the enormous Giant Pacific Octopus. The New Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened in 2007.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/TNBhistory/Connections/connections1.htm#wf2

Vintage print, $625

Crane On the East Tower of the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge, 2006

Crane On the East Tower of the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge, 2006

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.

Daisy Shadows And A Small Boy, Photo Of The Day, June 12

Visions pass swiftly sometimes, like bits swept downstream in a flood.

Liz Standing Shadow, With Daisy Over Lit, and Me At The Floral Table Top 2018

Liz Standing Shadow, With Daisy Over Lit, and Me At The Floral Table Top 2018

Small Boy In Dad's Arms In The Rain 2018

Small Boy In Dad's Arms In The Rain 2018

We were looking at the hummingbird grazing in the jasmine at the garden gate in early evening. Our jasmine overflows at the gate and climbs to the top of an overgrown juniper hedge near it. This vision passed slowly allowing us to follow the tiny bird flying to tiny pink blossoms, stopped in a frenzy before a sprint to the next.

And so some visions drift slowly. But the sight of the boy was almost too fast. We left a shop, nearly colliding with a young father whose arm was coiled about his baby's waist like a rope, the baby suspended and holding tight to some new toy.

They passed quickly and were gone, just like that.

 

 

 

 

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.

Girls Evening Play At The Beach, Vintage Photo Of The Day, June 10

In early August on Puget Sound, the long evening twilight and warm incoming tide invite children down to the beach.

Girls Evening Play At The Beach, Fox Island

Girls Evening Play At The Beach, Fox Island

This Fox Island beach is situated well for summer evenings because it faces due west and so the houses, bulkheads, and drift logs are burnished a lovely golden yellow by the setting sun.

Currents have long left enormous logs on the beach in front of our cabin. Whether these logs escaped the great rafts towed slowly to the mills or fell into the sound in the end, they became for us something to climb on and to photograph.

These children are the third generation of our family on this particular beach and as it happens they were the last of our family to enjoy summer there.

We do miss it.

Vintage print, $625

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.