On this particular night I found myself in a familiar place. Back before Macklemore and Ryan Lewis shot their video for “My Town,” in 2009, all I knew of this spot was that eerie, looming building that reminded me, in my youth of Arkham. I never went up there, partially because I was scared of the place: Pacific Medical Center. The hospital shut down and the building was rented to Amazon, before they developed South Lake Union. Now it remains somewhat uninhabited, save the Arkhamesque VA mental clinic that continues to operate in one of the wings.
But others know this place as Jose Rizal Park, Jose Rizal Bridge, “that green bridge over I-90.” Or simply as a fantastic vantage of this breathtaking city. Here I made my way into the dogpark and spotted a place in the fence where someone before me had cut a hole. I stuck my camera through and started clicking.
Despite the obvious pitfall that this view is missing something so quintessential about our city (The Space Needle), in fact, maybe in spite of this, I would argue that Seattlites love this view more than any other. Kerry Park, West Seattle, Gasworks, Magnolia Bridge, SoDo/The Viaduct, these all have some intrinsic quality that rings true to Seattle.
But from Jose Rizal, downtown stands apart, built on a hill. The Sound glistens in the distance as ferries and freighters ride in and out, bringing and taking people and things. And what about traffic? Is there any view of Seattle that not only captures, but glorifies the traffic with these harmonious lines?! [Look at the lines!] I’m not saying I like it, no one likes being in traffic. But outside of it, the escape, the view of the bustling city from a distance… it’s that juxtaposed feeling of oneness and separation that really is special to me about this place.
Seattle. Breathe deep.
Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
@ 44mm, f/7.1, 20s, ISO 50
You have a real gift for writing about places in a very readable interesting way. I love it. ed