Last month, I went to Seattle for two days for a workshop.
I arrived on Sunday around noon. Since everything closed early, my plan was to go to the art museum and then the public library. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t have time to go to Pike Place while it was open.
Seattle Art Museum
What if I can’t find the art museum? I thought, but luckily the building had the words ART MUSEUM on it in big letters, so I was not lost.
There was a coat check, so I dropped off my backpack (which you’re not allowed to wear in) and put my sketchbook and water (which I later learned you also wasn’t allowed to have inside) in a tote bag. Since it was relatively dark, I didn’t take any film photos inside the exhibits.
I was fortunate to visit on the last day of the Jeffrey Gibson’s exhibition, Like a Hammer.
The rest of the museum was varied and beautiful—I wish I had more time to go through everything more slowly.
Seattle Public Library
Downtown Seattle turned out to be quite sloped, and I walked a few blocks uphill from the museum to the library.
I had seen photos of the library online, but I forgot how extraordinary it was, until I took the escalator up to the third floor, and the glass wall slowly revealed itself to me.
I switched my film here and I forgot to change the ISO setting on my camera, so most of my interior shots came out underexposed and dark. But here are the few that didn’t:
The fourth floor was entirely red, which was amazing and eerie and disorienting.
I walked around the bookstacks, which the library calls the Book Spiral. The escalator/stairs situation was confusing and I wasn’t sure how to navigate around.
I ate lunch/dinner at Cortina during happy hour. I picked it because at this point a headache was forming and I wanted to go somewhere that was enroute to my hotel.
After eating, I went up to my hotel to check in and lie down for a bit. I hadn’t been to a hotel in a long time, and it was novel to be somewhere by myself.
pike place (after hours) + the pier
I made my way down to the water. Pike Place had closed by now, so I only passed through.
Seattle has a lot of bike sharing, especially around the pier, but I opted not to try it out as it was quite busy and I didn’t want to fight another app sign up and payment workflow.
Miner’s Landing was interesting and had an entire carousel inside.
Afterwards, I went to McDonalds and then back to my hotel to watch the new Game of Thrones episode 🔪🔥
I was in Seattle to attend Edward Tufte’s course, Presenting Data and Information. I was fortunate to have my company sponsor my attendance.
The course ended in the afternoon, and I dropped by General Assembly to meet a Twitter mutual. It was cool! Sometimes I hate being as Online™ as I am but also each time that I meet someone I know from the internet is a cool moment.
I stopped at a cafe patio to change my film, and there was a woman sketching passersby. I thought about it, and decided to ask her if she had drawn me while I was sitting there. She hadn’t, but we briefly chatted. She works at a television production company and asked me if I came there to draw a lot. I told her I was a tourist.
I didn’t have time to explore Chinatown, so I quickly went through to visit Kinokuniya. It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t spend much time here though, because the ten minutes I did spend I ended up buying three shiba inu things 🥺
I took some photos from the train window, but they all turned out too dark and/or blurry.
- A day wasn’t enough to spend in Seattle—I managed to visit only three places (the art museum, the library, and the pier). I’ll be going back in a few months for a more leisurely three days, in which I hope to go to more museums, the market, and the university.
- I think I took too many photos of the same streets and angles and buildings. I need to get better at composition and being more creative.