Near the county courthouse, South Eleventh Street drops quickly down the bluff above downtown Tacoma. Fancy law offices command the walls keeping the hillside intact above the slope. At noon in late winter the shade trees along the sidewalk cast these serpentine shadows that wrap around the people who pass by, and some look back at the moment of exposure, just as this woman did. Nearly a hundred years before there was a wood frame building with a cupola in the Victorian manner with 4 men standing outside on the corner and no trees. (Washington State Historical Society [Tacoma Wall Paper Co., 1002 So. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma])
Back in the day when I was young and excited by the great photographs of the street I had seen, I stepped out the door to get some of the same. The shuffle and rhythm of past shooter’s footsteps echoed before me, along with the click of their shutters and their gasps of surprise.
Street Photography is the original focus of photography; its subject most quickly and easily captured and recognized. And even now, we look for those looks on the faces sent our way as we rush past.
For the next few days I’ll be showing my latest finds. I’ll be showing faces as they pass, and the wake of others that have already sailed by. I’ll be showing scenes that grabbed me by the shoulders and cried, “Did you see that? Did you SEE THAT!”
Vintage - I printed the photograph within a year of the original exposure.
Archival Pigment - Printed in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper.
Silver - Printed in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.
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Christopher Petrich is a photographer active in the Pacific Northwest. He is based in Tacoma Washington where he grew up and raised a family. Over his 50 year career he has worked on projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan as well as in 23 American states coast to coast. He has placed his work in corporate and private collections worldwide.