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20 for 20: Foto(ein)s for 2020

Above/featured: Vancouver, 22 December.

I look back at the 2020 year with the following images to address how different locations in both Seattle and Vancouver question the nature and ideas of displacement and belonging, home and travel.

20 for 20, all with X70

(1) ➙ 3 March: Expulsion

Pike Place Market, Pike Place Farmers Market, Pike Place, Seattle, Washington, USA,

In 1941, about 2 out of every 3 of farmers’ stalls in Seattle’s Pike Place Market were operated by Japanese-Americans. Today, there are none. The United States government’s Executive Order 9066 forever changed the Pike Place Market and the lives and families of 120-thousand Americans. This tragedy is illustrated by paintings above the entrance.

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(2) ➙ 4 March: A Sound Garden

A direct influence on one of Seattle’s top music exports, this art piece by Douglas Hollis is one of five in the sculpture garden adjacent to Seattle’s NOAA Western Regional Center.

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(3) ➙ 4 March: x̌ʷə́lč (Puget Sound)

South Beach, Fort Lawton Beach, Puget Sound, Salish Sea, Discovery Park, Magnolia, Seattle, WA, USA,

Northwest view from Seattle’s Discovery Park, along South Beach to the waters of Puget Sound and West Point Lighthouse; also in Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike”. The Lushootseed word for Puget Sound is x̌ʷə́lč (hwultch/Whulge/Whulj), meaning “saltwater” or “sea”.

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(4) ➙ 5 March: Jeremy spoke in class today

Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, London Bridge Studio, recording studio, Shoreline, Seattle, WA, USA,

Pearl Jam recorded their debut alum “Ten” in this recording studio in Shoreline near Seattle (IG).

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(5) ➙ 6 March: sbaqʷábaqs (Alki Point)

sbaqʷábaqs, Prairie Point, Alki Point, Alki, West Seattle, Seattle, Washington, USA,

Facing southwest near the Alki Beach Park Bathhouse, this area north of present-day Alki Point was relatively flat, known to the indigenous Duwamish as “sbaqʷábaqs“, which is the Lushootseed word for “prairie point”.

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(6) ➙ 7 March: líqtəd (Licton Springs)

liqted, Licton Springs, Licton Springs Park, Duwamish, iron spring, red paint, iron oxide, red mud, Seattle, WA, USA,

In Seattle’s Licton Springs Park, the natural spring shown here was the first native landmark recognized by the city of Seattle as an official historic landmark in 2019. The Lushootseed word “líqtəd” means “red paint” (IG).

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(7) ➙ 7 March: Iconic Black Women

Iconic Black Women: Ain't I A Woman, Iconic Black Women, Hiawatha D, Northwest African American Museum, Colman School, Jimi Hendrix Park, Central District, Seattle, WA, USA,

“Soujourner Truth”, in a series of paintings by artist Hiawatha D, highlighting and honouring black women in American history and exhibited in Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum.

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(8) ➙ 8 March: 130+ years in 1 shot

Little Crossing-Over Place, Seattle, WA, USA,, Emerald City, Pacific Northwest, PNW

Seattle’s Pioneer Square district, at the corner of S Washington St at Occidental Ave S. Facing northeast, clockwise from left: Seattle National Bank Building (1890-1892), Columbia Center (1982-1985), Smith Tower (1911-1914), Seattle Seahawks’ 12s (team 1975-present).

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(9) ➙ 29 June: Raccoom mum & her 4 kits

Procyon lotor pacificus, Pacific raccoon, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada,

Just after sunrise, a family of raccoons (Procyon lotor pacificus) is on the search for breakfast. Simon Fraser University campus on the summit of Burnaby Mountain (IG).

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(10) ➙ 15 July: Comet Neowise (C2020/F3)

Comet Neowise, C2020/F3, Burnaby Mountain, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada,

Facing northwest on Burnaby Mountain, I made this nighttime image of Comet Neowise’s nucleus and tail, both illuminated by sunlight; the comet was about 206-million km from Earth. Also visible at bottom left are noctilucent clouds high in our atmosphere. How our planet developed a water-rich environment has likely origins in comets delivering a significant fraction of water during the early evolution of the Earth (IG).

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(11) ➙ 8 September: Highlights & shadows

Vancouver, BC, Canada,

In downtown Vancouver, at the corner of Howe & West Hastings.

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(12) ➙ 24 October: 紅太陽 (red sun)

Chinatown, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Will everything be all right in Vancouver’s Chinatown? Who’s asking, and who decides? (IG).

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(13) ➙ 24 October: This is the way

Chinatown, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

In Vancouver’s Chinatown, at the corner of East Pender & Columbia (IG).

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(14) ➙ 24 October: A Seat at the Table

Chinatown, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Bicoastal connections, in an exhibition in Vancouver’s Chinatown about the history of Chinese-Canadians and their rightful place in the city’s and nation’s history (IG).

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(15) ➙ 6 November: χʷay̓χʷəy̓ (Lumberman’s Arch)

Lumberman's Arch, χʷay̓χʷəy̓, Musqueam, X̱wáy̓x̱way, Squamish, Stanley Park, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

From Lumberman’s Arch (left), facing north across Burrard Inlet to the North Shore mountains. As evidence of indigenous settlement thousands of year before European colonization, large middens filled with the detritus of discarded shellfish were found in this area.

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(16) ➙ 6 November: spapəy̓əq (Brockton Point)

Brockton Oval, Brockton Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Indigenous Coast Salish peoples once lived here and dug for shellfish along the peninsula’s shoreline (IG).

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(17) ➙ 6 November: Vacant wicket

Brockton Oval, Brockton Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Upper pitch at Brockton Oval, which typically sees league matches on summer weekends, but remained quiet for the entire summer in 2020.

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(18) ➙ 8 November: Imperial heritage

Victory Square, Cenotaph, Dominion Trust building, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Left: Victory Square, 1886; Cenotaph WWI memorial, 1924. Right: Dominion building, 1910 (IG).

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(19) ➙ 5 December: c̓əsnaʔəm (Marpole)

c̓əsnaʔəm, Musqueam, Coast Salish, Marpole, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

“The city before the city”: Musqueam village and burial site.

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(20) ➙ 22 December: Empty concourse

International Terminal, Vancouver International Airport, YVR airport, YVR, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Afternoon, 3 days before Christmas: check-in area for U.S. flights at Vancouver international airport during the global Covid-19 pandemic.

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•   19 for 19, from 2019.
•   18 for 18, from 2018.
•   17 for 17, from 2017.
•   16 for (20)16, Urban Moments.
•   16 for (20)16, Travel Instants.
•   15 for 15, from 2015.
•   14 for 14, from 2014.
•   12 for 12, from 2012.

I acknowledge my time on the traditional and ancestral land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish (Dxʷdəwʔabš) People past and present, and honour with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe. Metropolitan Vancouver is on unceded traditional territory and land of the Coast Salish First Nations Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). Acknowledgements to Tina for LAPC no. 129 in the week of 2-8 Jan 2021. I made all still images above with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

5 Responses to “20 for 20: Foto(ein)s for 2020”

  1. Tina Schell

    Well these are wonderful Henry, and your last image pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Loved the Seattle images especially. Had no idea about the Japanese situation at the market. very sad.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Tina. I have unsettled feelings seeing an empty airport concourse, and for me personally, there’s no way I’m traveling during a pandemic. I’m glad you enjoyed the Seattle images. Underneath the “FARMERS MARKET” neon sign hangs a set of mural panels attached to the ceiling of the covered passageway; these panels face “out” to the street entrance, unknown to many. These murals describe the Japanese-American history of the market; I imagine few are aware of this history. Thanks again for your comment!


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