MY CAMERA'S FIRST WORDS // A Sibling Bonding Trip in Seattle
So, nope, no camera still, but since my last post was about my camera's "last words" I thought I'd share some of the first pictures I took with my camera during a trip to Seattle that I made with my brothers 2 years ago. It's one of my favorite memories in life, and I'm so glad we did it. At first we almost didn't go because we weren't sure how financially practical it would be at that time, but we scoured the internet for cheap tickets and booked a really terrible hotel in an obscure city outside of Seattle to stay at for $30 a night and went for it. The hotel was pretty hilariously bad, but it's become one of those memories we just bust out in belly aching laughter whenever we refer to it.
When I was little, I always wished I had a sister, but my brothers were totally worth not having sisters. We were all born one year apart, and literally did everything together whether we liked it or not. Sure we had drama/fights/issues, but it also made us super close. There's nothing I'd ever want to change about it, and I'm so thankful for family.
Here are some places we visited. (We also visited a ton of other incredible places like the Space Needle, the Seattle Public Market, and even saw Jonathan Safran Foer give a lecture on his book Eating Animals. But this post is getting really long, so I think I'll save those for another day.)
OFF THE SIDE OF THE FREEWAY PICTURES
Our first tourist destination was actually the side of the highway. Just driving around in Seattle was so beautiful and we couldn't resist getting out of the car and looking around. I'm not sure if it's because I've gotten so used to the freeways in LA, but I was just so in awe of all the trees and nature everywhere. The sky and the clouds were so moody and beautiful. The colors are just different, and the air is so clean. And it's quiet- so quiet!
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Seattle Public Library! This was one of my favorite buildings when I was in college, and I could hardly believe I actually got to visit it in person. It was amazing, pictures cannot do it justice. (If you are unfamiliar with the building, here is one of my favorite TED talks given by Joshua Prince Ramus about the project.)
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
The Seattle Art Museum was another place we visited. This is where I got inspiration for a"Clothespin Deer Head" project I did a few weeks ago. There was this humongous giant man made out of mini coke bottles. Unfortunately, I can't remember what it is called anymore, but it really stuck with me, because in college, my professors would always talk about the concept of "part to whole" which was hard for me to understand, but the sculpture really helped me visualize it better.
EMP MUSEUM - Sky Church
So, for some reason, none of us were initially all that excited to go to the EMP museum. But there was a flea market that was on the way, and the building was designed by Frank Gehry, so we figured, ah, what the heck, let's just go.
Upon entering, we saw the Sky Church room, which has all these crazy colors and oversized ottomans for people to lay on and look up at these changing umbrella thingies suspended from the ceiling while Jimmy Hendrix songs kept blasting on repeat. To be honest, it looked really gimmicky, but it was hot outside, and we were tired, and we got sucked in and literally stayed there for an hour and a half just staring off into space. It was so addicting! These pictures always make me laugh, because you can tell that we were totally out of it.
And last but not least, the trip was filled with countless memories just laughing, singing along to the radio and being crazy in the car. The kind stuff you'd only do with family because they still have to love you no matter how embarrassing you are.
It's kind of funny- I'm the oldest, but we made my youngest brother Geoff drive the whole time, and I sat in the back relaxing while my middle brother josh sat shotgun and gave directions. This is where the whole not having sisters thing really comes in handy- you never have to share princess privileges with anyone else!