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.
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”.
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”.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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 https://wp.me/p1BIdT-jBf.
5 Responses to “20 for 20: Foto(ein)s for 2020”
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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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!
Interesting Henry! I visited the market 2 years ago and never saw those. It’s an amazing place though
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