Seattle photographer and The Puyallup Fair

Last September I spent a day at the Puyallup Fair looking for images. I walked into an extremely dark horse barn at the end of the show and found a striking Graysen Stroud listening to the judges. As I try to collect my favorite images, I came across this which I hadnt had a chance to post during the busy Fall season.

Bridger and Dillon-Seattle Toddlers

I call this documentary family photography- Photographing children in their own environment. Bridger and Dillon didn’t stop moving, but that didnt stop me from capturing them! I love this type of photography as it suits my photojournalism background.

Special Olympics Polar Plunge

Special Olympics of Washington raised over  $30,000 yesterday as approximately 300 people, who raised a minimum of $50/each, braved the 45 degree water of Puget Sound off Alki Beach in Seattle. This was actually my first time photographing a polar plunge and I learned a lot about where to stand and where not to stand as saltwater splashed my expensive camera gear, which thankfully appears to be fine. A couple of colleagues were apparently not as lucky as they lost their equiptment to the sea. To see more photos from the event, go to http://www.photoshelter.com/c/merylschenker . Click on the image of the woman in the water to see more images from the event.

A year ago-President Obama was sworn in

Mia Taylor of Seattle cries as she listens to President Barack Obama’s inaugural speech at The Northwest African American Museum in Seattle on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Taylor said it’s moving to have someone that would have been turned away at a restaurant now serving as President of the United States.

Technical note- A packed room of people were sitting and standing in a dark room to watch Barack Obama be sworn in. There was a little light coming in from an open door and the light of the television screen. This photo was taken at  1/40 sec, f.2.8, 3200 ISO.

In honor of Dr. King

These photos were taken a year ago today while I worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper as a photojournalist. Last years MLK Day was even more poignant as we welcomed the nations first black President. Below are the captions that accompanied the photos.

Murphy Lucas of Seattle listens to Reverend Aaron Williams’ sermon at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle on January 18, 2008. Williams sermon was titled “The Tipping Point of Justice.” Lucas has a son, Judge Eric Lucas of Snohomish County, that is attending the inauguration, and she thinks it will be one of the greatest experiences of his lifetime. Lucas said of Barack Obama becoming president, “This is going to make the world a better place for everybody.”

Carol Bell-Daniel holds her son Nahje Daniel, 6, during services at Mount Zion Baptist Church on January 18, 2008.

NW Fair

I’m happy to report that this photo was chosen for a juried exhibition with the theme Carnival. The exhibit will be next month at the Newspace for Photography in Portland. http://www.newspacephoto.org/

I took this photograph last August while working on a book project for the Northwest Washington Fair. You can see more photos from the fair on my website-http://www.merylschenker.com