Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I've Got Your Back


I've Got Your Back
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Here is a behind the scenes look at the big clock and sign first erected at Pike Place Market in 1930 to attract shoppers during the Great Depression era, and it still shines brightly above the cobbled roadway of Pike Place every night from dusk to dawn. I love the stylized letters and dishy face of the clock. Here you can see the catwalks used to maintenance the neon and clockworks. Hard economic times have come 'round again, and fresh, healthy, affordable food sold directly by producers is still beckoning below the red glow.

12 comments:

Wayne said...

It's this sort of thinking 'outside the box' that will make you rich and famous one day Kim :)

Luis Gomez said...

Delightful shot! Great one.

Mike Simmons said...

Nice vivid colors and texture!

Chuck Pefley said...

Hmm, I had no idea when this icon was erected. Nice image and info, Kim!

Virginia said...

Whoooaaa. That's a great shot. You know Kim, I"d love , love, love to come to Seattle and roam around with you and Chuck. What a great city you live in.
V

Bob Crowe said...

This photo immediately made me think of the old Joni Mitchell song - I've looked at life from both sides now... Nobody ever shows this side of the famous sign, but you did.

All of which makes me want to go to breakfast at Lowell's tomorrow, but that's out of the question.

Louis la Vache said...

Good one, Kim!

SD at "Addicted to The Click" said...

Great post of info!

Kim said...

Gee, thanks guys!

Wayne, yeah, right, and when my ship comes in I'll cut you a share of both :-). Thanks!

Luis, thanks!

Mike, Thanks, I'm trying some handheld night shots at ISO 3200, and this is one. Hard to exspose for the sign yet untagle the image from the building in the background. This was the best of about six exsposures. The glow of the neon letters casts that red-pink, and it looked fun with the rainy gray night sky. There is a lot going on texturally, probably too much, but since that new condo high rise went up a year or so ago, there is not getting around all the business. The high ISO also brings the graininess of noise, but overall it came out sharp enough for the blog. Thanks.

Chuck, thanks a bunch!

Virginia, just tell yourself this is the Paris of the west and get your franny out here. Maybe you and Bob C and his wife could all get out here at the same time. You'd have a ball. . .

Louis & SD, thank you.

Kim said...

Bob, I almost titled it that, but it seemed just a bit too obvious. Thanks, and next time you guys are coming out this way, try to entice Virginia to come out at the same time. You could show her all your fave haunts and a bunch of us could go shooting together.

brattcat said...

Clever girl!

dana said...

SUch a crafty photo idea! Never seen the sign from this side. Thank you!