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Lamalera, Indonesia is one of the last places on earth where traditional whale hunts exist. The men of the village take to the sea in 12-metre-long wood boats powered by oars...

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Recent work for SAP/Concur now up on their homepage. Three exhausting days (plus 5 scouting and production) with a crew of about 15, working three different stories across Puget Sound. This one on Sound Transit who loaned us a train for a half day!

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So after a month or so of editing, throwing out books, creating new books, throwing those out again, I finally settled on using Blurb's magazine format to create portfolios. I love the size and quality (and price!) and they let me break down my work by the same portfolios I have here on my website, letting me send them off to clients depending on their needs. Some clients get all 5, some just one, some a few. Thanks again to Daniel Milnor at...

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Seattle-based landscape architects, Site Workshop, asked me to return to Block 19, Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, where they completed both exterior and interior landscaping and plantings for the project. I spent a few days out there a year ago so was a little skeptical about going back, but it's pretty amazing how much has changed as people flock to the area & nearby buildings are being completed. It still makes my head spin walking...

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What's the old Picasso saying, "good artists borrow, great artists steal”? My fellow photographer, and very serious aviation buff Francis Zera, has an excellent Instagram feed of plane photos running three across. I decided to go 3 across, and 3 down today, for the latest incarnation of the Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747-8

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Do you want to impress your kids? Point to giant wrap around ads on city buses with your images on them while you're driving them around! This one taken recently for the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

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A couple of frames I captured Monday buzzing around Seattle and Puget Sound in a helicopter for a client. Another heavy metal day in the air! On the left, the USS Sampson undergoing sea trials. On the right, grounded Boeing 737 Max at Boeing Field.

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Buzzing my house on the way home from an aerial photo shoot of a US Navy ship, I decided to check-in on the kids, home alone for Spring Break. Serious helicopter parent!

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After 25 years of working as a documentary photographer one skill I've learned is to enter a space to work quietly and effectively, making people I'm photographing comfortable with my presence. Skills that work really well when I get asked to create what I call "corporate documentary" images, photographs of real employees at work, created with minimal impact to the work day that allow companies to show their staff in the best and most natural...

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Recent corporate work for Mainland Construction Materials in nearby Vancouver, Canada.

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My work on the cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in this month's High Country News. The magazine is a real gem of a publication and in an era of shrinking print media, it stands out for its coverage of the American West.

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While I do far less editorial photography these days, it's always good to occasionally have a newspaper assignment thrown at you at the last minute, to test my editorial chops. On Monday I drove up to Mt. Rainier National Park on assignment for the...

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Work from earlier this year with Herrera, a local environmental consulting firm. Nothing more fun that being invited to photograph at the county garbage dump! The images here were taken at the King County waste site with team members from Herrera helping the county protect the local environment. Not paid actors, real employees, at work; the kind of photo shoot...

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My work on the Amazon Spheres in this month's Landscape Architecture Magazine. To see more images from the shoots, click here for exterior images, here for interior work.

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