Monday, April 4, 2011

The City of Goodwill

I never got to appreciate Washington for what it was when I lived there for 20 years. After moving to California I only got to go back up north every so often. Just recently I had the opportunity to visit and work in Seattle, a city I haven't really spent much time in.

1 block away from the job site, 2 blocks away from the Space Needle and the Frank Gehry EMP, and 5 blocks away from one of the best places to eat in Seattle, The Hurricane Cafe, or simply, "The 'Cane."

Most of the trip was spent assisting a photographer for a ceiling manufacturer that had product up in Seattle needing to be photographed. Ceilings? How cool can that be right? It was awesome!! The site is under construction, so the entire time shooting we had to specifically wear a hard hat, steel toed boots, pants, safety vest, and safety goggles.

I had never been on a construction site until this past week, especially one that was just about ready to be turned over. On all floors we had to wear booties for our boots and use the Honey Bucket's outside of the complex. What a great experience to have stepped in a building before hundreds of people that will be working there.

On top of all the regulations we had to abide by, we were given very strict security guidelines since we weren't involved with the construction company. What would you do if the head night foreman didn't think you were suppose to be holding a photo shoot? Pull out the hard copy email that has the most recent dates and correspondence with all of our contacts!  That is exactly what happened to us, at the end of the first day of shooting.

Seattle is simply another amazing city that I have had the pleasure to live in for longer than a day and experience the Emerald City.  Getting to see family and friends while enjoying great food, extremely nice people, and not seeing the sun for a week was an enjoyable get away from the City of Angels.

BGF, Seattle, WA from the Space Needle. nbbj/Sellen

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