December 31/January 1: Love letter to Tacoma

January 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

My project has made it into 2013. I have been creative, at least in some minimal way, since July. Since January 1 is the time of resolutions, mine is, in addition to keeping up with the creativity and the blog, to let art transform my life again. Rather than just setting aside 5 minutes at the end of the day for the creative project du jour, I want to live a fully creative life. My friends always comment on how fully and creatively my family lives, so really all I need to do is start seeing things through their eyes.

For today I want to share some images of our sleepy little town, which becomes transformed every New Year’s Eve into a fabulous venue for celebrating through art. Every December 31 I am proud to live here, moved by the spirit of the community. I like the photography of detail, and especially like to take pictures of signs, stencils, and graffiti. Some of that is apparent below.

First, notes about Tacoma on a chain link fence next to a precipitous drop into a vacant lot:

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Then, the beginning of the First Night celebration: what is said to be the world’s shortest parade. It is in a blur because I like dark blurry photos and because I dislike flash:

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And other details of the evening:

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Today we were greeted with sunshine and view of Mt. Rainier as we woke up in our downtown hotel room.

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Thank you, Tacoma.

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