Seattle

I’m leaving for a metropolis in about 3 days with Kristin and my Mum. Here are some photographs from my last trip there, when it was summer, sunny, and blazing hot. We visited the aquarium, the SAM, went to the massive library, napped on ferries, ate sushi and gelato, wished we were 21, did some shopping, and wandered around a lot.

Naturally, this is not “real” Seattle. This is youth-on-a-road-trip Seattle, hitting up the main places, the tourist traps, and air-conditioned locations. Β Emphasis on the air-conditioned.

Seriously excited to eat some good food, take some ferries, and explore this city more!

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216 thoughts on “Seattle

  1. Best city ever. ;] You got lucky with one of the few sunny and warm days in Seattle. Next time you’re there, check out Pike’s Place Market on the waterfront! Plus Top Pot doughnuts. Absolutely delicious and homemade. πŸ˜€

  2. Seattle is my adopted home town and I love seeing the pictures you captured andyour interpretation of the city. I love it here and I’m glad you did too. Have fun when you visit in a few days. I guarantee you won’t be wishing for air conditioning this time πŸ™‚

    If you have a chance, visit the Fremont neighborhood (and find the Troll under the bridge!), shop or eat in Capitol Hill (great thrift stores and good eats), or make the trek to Alki beach in West Seattle and see the skyline from a different perspective.

    • Being from the Seattle area, other than strongly recommending the above places – be sure to check out “Ye Olde Curiosity Shop” on the Waterfront. There’s lots of weird and interesting stuff there

  3. Nice photos! I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw you yesterday taking photos. I did the same in that area, it was so nice and sunny.

  4. I live here and see many photos of Seattle and you have captured these few pockets uniquely. I usually skip the pottery/china section at the SAM, but your picture makes it inviting. Thanks!

  5. aaahhh! seattle? its one of my favourite cities to visit! so photogenic…in my eyes any way! been there more than 7 times..once tried to emigrate there..the legal way..not the other way..by crawling underneath the wire fence at the border…but i guess they didnt want me there…i think they preferred the illegal ones! anyway, back to seattle…love the pike place market, elloitt’s bookshop, and just walking around the historic downtown. oh, dont forget another fav of mine there…the old antique tram that takes you around town..for a few bucks i think! superb photos…please may we have some more…!

  6. You take wonderful photographs! I love these πŸ™‚

    Seattle is so fun to explore! My uncle used to be a security guard in Pike Place Market up there, and we would always go visit. I remember he would power walk up an down all the hills and my brothers and I were still young, huffing and puffing trying to keep up on our little legs while we looked in all the shops. Have fun on your trip!

  7. Seattle is home and though you were a tourist, you were still considered a resident while here. The places you visited on your trip are every day occurrences and the only thing that could not be considered “real” was the unusually warm weather. Glad you were here to join in the celebration of our brief summer and be sure to come back anytime! To see what we’re like under snow, check out: http://katemadison365.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/snow-mageddon-2012-seattle/

  8. Great post!

    “Naturally, this is not β€œreal” Seattle. ”

    I don’t know about that. I lived in Seattle for a few years, and I think I’m qualified to ask, “What the hell is the REAL Seattle?” I was impressed that there were no “obvious” pictures like the Space Needle, Pioneer Square or some dude throwing a fish at Pike’s Place.

    I’m guessing you youths saw the real Seattle.

    • This is what I was going to say. No Space Needle or Washington State Ferry? Good job.

      This morning I woke up in the city, where I live, and gazed out into the dull grey that is what we live with most of the time, rainwater running down the gutters and down the street with no sign of spring other than daffodills and crocuses bravely blooming in the wind.

  9. I love Seattle a ton. It can be so beautiful and I am lucky to live in the area. Your pictures capture some of the greatest things about the city. I was especially entertained by your comment about air-conditioning. It is nice that someone realizes that it gets hot here sometimes!

  10. regardless if its “real” Seattle or not… its how you see it. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being FP!

  11. lovely images πŸ™‚ think i will add seattle to my bucket list of places i must visit πŸ™‚
    love hello seattle by owl city, automatically started to sing it which bought me to this super duper page πŸ™‚
    keep smiling

  12. I love your pictures, they’re beautiful!!! I was looking at your bio also, I can’t believe you were studying art history in Switzerland, so cool.

  13. I love your photos of my city! I’ve been here for four years and I am still in love with/dependent on the downtown library. πŸ™‚

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  15. That’s one city I’d love to visit one of these days before I retire. Home of Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, and if I’m not mistaken, Adam West.

  16. I lived in Seattle for 10 years and am travelling there this April – these images are whetting my photographic appetite to get back. I also find it interesting to view other photographer’s take on this wonderful city. Nice job.

  17. As many other here have said you did a great job capturing Seattle in your photography. It truly is one of the most beautiful cities in America, and has such a unique personality. I am proud to call Seattle home.

  18. Hey friend! Keep up the freshness. Also, this is narcissistic, but the photo of me at SAM is one of my all time favorites.

    BEST PHOTOGRAPHIST EVER.

  19. This was a fun post, seeing Seattle through a traveler’s eyes. I lived in Seattle for 21 years, left 5 years ago. I see that there is some new architecture in downtown. I’ll have to take a trip to Seattle and check that out. Lovely photos.

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  21. These are lovely pictures. I’ve lived in Seattle all my life and I love seeing photos of my city. Very well done! πŸ™‚

  22. I so adore Seattle. The Seattle of my childhood, that is. The traffic has totally killed the way cool aspect of this Northwest Gem; however, there are so many amazing aspects of the Evergreen Emerald that I am willing to suck it up and take a metro to get around town. Yay for the Space Needle and the ferries!
    Blue Skies (when they happen)
    Cricket Muse

  23. Haivng lived in the ghetto of Seattle I normally can not stand how many pictures are taken of downtown and no one realizes that there is more to Seattle. Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL! When you are downtown make sure to find the gum wall. And if you want real adventure, go across the west bridge and find ethnic markets and the original seattleites:)

  24. Thanks for your glorious photographs! I live just outside of Seattle, and my office is in Woodinville.

    I’m a counselor and work with many people from Microsoft.

    I’ve lived in Maui, Palm Springs, Arizona, and Portland. But I’m so glad to be home!

    Keep up the great work!

  25. “Real Seattle” is whatever you might discover! Seems, according to the comments, that you do have captured Seattle’s true element!

  26. Those are some awesome photos, so full of life and color. I feel like I’ve been there now – a little mind vacation. I’ve officially added Seattle to my must-see list. Thanks for posting!

  27. I haven’t been for a visit in so long I see the skyline has changed. Years ago I lived there only long enough to go to law school, so you might imagine my wandering time was limited… thanks for giving me such a nice peek at what’s going on. On those sunny days I loved it — when I lived there it was only sunny from mid-July to early September, and while I miss the beauty I do NOT miss that grey/mist thing.

  28. There are TONS of hidden little shops in Pike Place if you take the time to explore it in its entirety. Especially Pike Place Alley. There was an AWESOME tea shop there! And an Irish Pub called Kell’s or Kael’s not sure how they spelled it. The Crumpet Shop is a MUST to stop by and have breakfast or brunch at.
    You definitely took some BEAUTIFUL pictures of our city that showcase it’s personality rather nicely. Oh! And if you ever want a Goth club to go to and check out “Noc Noc” is the place. My sis and I go there when we can to dance the night away! Last trip was a BLAST!

  29. Wonderful photographs-thank you for sharing. Your photographs capture numerous, unique and beautiful aspects of Seattle in such artistic and exciting ways. I have never been to Seattle-your photographs certainly make me want to visit-they give me a craving for an adventure-an adventure of travel.

  30. My hometown. You made me homesick. Great pics. The U district can be fun and if you like houseboats, head down to Lake Union. It might sound cliche, but try some night shots, especially if it rains. In Seattle, glass and water collide with endless opportunities. I can almost smell the coffee now … πŸ™‚ Enjoy your trip.

  31. A heat wave in Seattle..?? Wow…that’s a rare find. If you want kinder weather and less hubbub…come to Portland. We’re weird AND nice down here. πŸ™‚

  32. My next home, perhaps. I visited last summer, for nearly a month, and saw only the sun, like these photographs. I’m told I’m in for a rude awakening – or at least a different season.

  33. I really hope the suns comes out for you when you arrive because it’s raining buckets today. If the weather is too dreary, go back to SAM. You probably already know, but they have a wonderful exhibit right now. The colors from the Gouguin & Polynesia show will give you a splash of color you may need. I went a couple weeks ago. It was great. Even my 10-year-old daughter loved it. Hope you have a great time! πŸ™‚

    • Hey! I’m here in West Seattle right now, and it is pouring buckets! However, I did take your advice: spent a good 4 hours in the SAM, entranced per usual! Also got to take the ferries, wander around in the moments of no rain, and really enjoyed my time. Thank you! Seattle is gorgeous.

  34. Oh man…..these pictures make my heart hurt. I miss home so much…….these are terrific. Check out the gum wall next time.

  35. Usually I don’t read post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thank you, quite nice post.

  36. Thank you for capturing my lovely city so well. I feel like people think we’re all brooding in coffee shops here, clad in flannel while the rain continuously pours down. It’s actually a very colorful, lively place and you’ve done a great job conveying that.

    Congrats on FP!

    • I completely agree- the stereotype in Montana is cowboys, horses, and trucks. Showing different facets of a city or a location is really important. Seattle is a fantastic metropolis full of surprises!

  37. Hello Kate: I believe your photography work is extraordinary! My first time here, I can’t wait to see more! You can make people fall in love with your pictures! Cissy in Austin

  38. Love the photos of the windows. I just got back from Philadelphia and found that a large percentage of my photos were of windows–the reflections, the lines, just seem to grab my eye. Beautiful work.
    SW/AWW
    Through the Split Window

  39. It’s great to see this special city from a fresh set of eyes and constructed images. I hope you made it inside the Central Library; quite a facility. -“tarotworldtour”

  40. Being a Seattle native, I am extremely proud of how wonderful these photos make Seattle look.
    Unfortunately, this is Seattle 10% of the time.
    I revoked my wish to move away while reading your post, looked outside at the torrential downpour that’s happening, and took it back.
    Thanks for the vacation πŸ˜‰

    Hope you enjoy your trip while you’re here!

  41. oooh, I want to go there really badly!!
    I guess I’ll just have to add Seattle to my list of dream destinations πŸ™‚

    I write a travel themed blog about London, feel free to take a look πŸ™‚

  42. Yay. My home to the north (I live in Tacoma). You really must do the underground tour if you have a chance. And Pike’s Place is a must as well. If you’re lucky you’ll be there during fish-toss times (good fun – I promise). And just the Sound…it’s a wonderful city.

    Have the best of times there. Your photos are wonderful.

  43. I used to live there and miss the art so much. I think you nailed it and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the screaming kid over the seating area!

  44. Love it! As a native Seattelite it’s always great to see another photographers perspective on the city. A refreshing view makes me want to get out there more. Maybe we’ll run into each other on the street!

  45. This makes me miss home so much! I’m at school in Spokane and can’t wait to get back to Seattle for Spring break πŸ™‚ Your photos have upped the anticipation even more! Thanks for posting πŸ™‚ Have a great trip!
    (Don’t forget to leave your mark on the gum wall!)

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