Work Force

29 Jan

One should never underestimate the importance of awesome co-workers.  What’s that now, I’m preaching to the choir?  Great, glad we’re on the same page.  I’ve been lucky to work with several who have made life bearable in the office and a few who have just plain made my life outside the office (you’ll hear more about them later).

Thursday night I met up with two MIA favorites, Kati and Lindsay, for happy hour at Cactus.  Kati is currently spending quality time on maternity leave with her new snuggle nugget, Elle.  And Lindsay left us for greener pastures at an Internet mega power.  Catching up was great, but it definitely make me miss the office dynamic we once enjoyed.  They’re both hilarious, smartypants, get-it-done gals who are willing to put up with me, a combo you don’t find every day.

I followed up drinks with a tardy showing at The Year in Pictures event sponsored by The Seattle Times and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.  Here in Seattle, we have an awesome newspaper (full disclosure: my employer that is in no way affiliated with this blog) and an equally awesome library system.  You never know what you’ll find in the way of entertainment at the library beyond the usual books, DVD’s and people watching.  In the past year they’ve had everyone from mogul Russell Simmons to freed political prisoner Ingrid Betancourt to husband-and-wife-author/musician-and-illustrator duo Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis.  Best of all, it’s free!!

So, Thursday’s event was a little like crack for photophiles and just plain interesting for everyone else, like me.  Getting to hear the stories behind the pictures adds a lot of depth.  Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but words are pretty awesome, too.  There was a good portion of the presentation devoted to the coverage of the Elwha Dam removal project, which you can check out in full here.  It was a little bit like this, with notes from the photographers about their shots and process.  Plus a discussion of how you take hours upon hours of video footage and edit it down to something like the trailer below that is really worth the click.

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