So this nifty and fun opportunity came my way at work, which was to light up a small town called Roslyn in Eastern Washington. Roslyn is where the TV series Northern Exposure was filmed. It is a coal mining town about 90 miles outside of Seattle and it is filled with two and three story wooden plank or rough cut stone buildings. It is not wealthy place, but it is not poor either and it has art galleries and small cafes and the oldest bar in Washington State, called The brick.
The town was having its first “Northern Lights” event which was envisioned as an installation of light in, around, and on the buildings with light placed so that it highlighted the buildings and created worlds of shadow and color for people to move in and out of.
I was lucky enough to be asked to make this happen, so I went out there with a handful of PAR cans and fresnels, and a couple of effects projectors–and a plan of where to put them. And I worked with a group from the University of Washington placing the lights about the town.
And my goodness if it didn’t turn out to look terrific. There was nothing that I felt dreadful about–and usually there is something that I feel dreadful about when I finally see the finished product.
Here are my two favorite photographs, but there are more at Flickr.com.