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
3 March: Expulsion
4 March: A Sound Garden
4 March: x̌ʷə́lč (Puget Sound)
5 March: Jeremy spoke in class today
6 March: sbaqʷábaqs (Alki Point)
7 March: líqtəd (Licton Springs)
7 March: Iconic Black Women
8 March : 130+ years in 1 shot
29 June: Raccoon mum & her 4 kits
15 July: Comet Neowise
8 September: Highlights and shadows
24 October: 紅太陽 (red sun)
24 October: This is the way
24 October: A Seat At The Table
6 November: χʷay̓χʷəy̓ (Lumberman’s Arch)
6 November: spapəy̓əq (Brockton Point)
6 November: Vacant wicket
8 November: Imperial heritage
5 December: c̓əsnaʔəm (Marpole)
22 December: Empty concourse
(1) ➙ 3 March: Expulsion
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.
(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.
(3) ➙ 4 March: x̌ʷə́lč (Puget Sound)
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”.
(6) ➙ 7 March: líqtəd (Licton Springs)
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).
(7) ➙ 7 March: Iconic Black Women
“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.
(8) ➙ 8 March: 130+ years in 1 shot
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).
(9) ➙ 29 June: Raccoom mum & her 4 kits
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).
(10) ➙ 15 July: Comet Neowise (C2020/F3)
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).
(11) ➙ 8 September: Highlights & shadows
In downtown Vancouver, at the corner of Howe & West Hastings.
(12) ➙ 24 October: 紅太陽 (red sun)
Will everything be all right in Vancouver’s Chinatown? Who’s asking, and who decides? (IG).
(13) ➙ 24 October: This is the way
In Vancouver’s Chinatown, at the corner of East Pender & Columbia (IG).
(14) ➙ 24 October: A Seat at the Table
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).
(15) ➙ 6 November: χʷay̓χʷəy̓ (Lumberman’s Arch)
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.
(16) ➙ 6 November: spapəy̓əq (Brockton Point)
Indigenous Coast Salish peoples once lived here and dug for shellfish along the peninsula’s shoreline (IG).
(17) ➙ 6 November: Vacant wicket
Upper pitch at Brockton Oval, which typically sees league matches on summer weekends, but remained quiet for the entire summer in 2020.
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 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.