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Alternate Views Debuts in Two Seattle Neighborhoods

by Joe McDonald on June 20, 2012

Combining QR codes, smart phones and photography, this project will offer a unique experience to Seattle pedestrians this summer.

AlternateViews, created by artist and photographer Kevin Wildermuth, is a self-guided virtual gallery tour juxtaposing photographs of Oaxaca, Mexico with views from Seattle sidewalks in the Capitol Hill and Fremont neighborhoods during the month of July.

Forty-seven bright yellow placards, each displaying a QR code linked to a different photograph, will be posted in storefront windows and on utility poles beginning July 1st. Pedestrians are invited to scan the codes with their smart phones to compare the actual scene before them with a related scene photographed in Mexico by the artist and displayed in their smart phone’s browser.

Buttons underneath each photograph link to maps of the two neighborhoods, showing all of the QR code locations and providing their addresses and GPS coordinates. Thirty-one storefront businesses have agreed to post the QR code placards in their windows and the remaining sixteen will appear on utility poles. The project is expected to bring art and photography fans, and the curious, to the two neighborhoods to seek out the codes and discover what image appears when they are scanned. And one of the artist’s goals is to reach out to those who wouldn’t normally seek out art in the usual venues.

Kevin will give two public talks where the public can learn about the project and ask questions at the following locations and times:

Fremont branch of the Seattle Public Library, July 2nd 6:30-7:30 PM

Capitol Hill branch of the Seattle Public Library, July 5th 6:30-7:30 PM

Both events are free to attend.

Examples of location-image pairings, neighborhood maps, and the photographs can be seen at the project’s web site:

Kevin Wildermuth is a photographer/artist based in Seattle, Washington. He works in various 2D media, always in color,  primarily taking the approach of a documentary photographer. He has an overriding interest in the meaning of the cultures that he depicts and strives to make art with a point of view, art that comments on the human condition and especially on the cultural, social and political influences behind the everyday environment. The artist’s web site and resume can be seen at:

Primary funding for this project via a CityArtists grant from:

Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

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Alternate Views Debuts in Two Seattle Neighborhoods - Combining QR codes, smart phones and photography

Alternate Views Debuts in Two Seattle Neighborhoods - Combining QR codes, smart phones and photography


Long Shot 24 Hour Community Photo Marathon

by Joe McDonald on March 9, 2010

long-shot photo marathon by Photo Center Northwest

WHAT: This spring, Photo Center NW invites you to take part in the Second Annual Long Shot, a 24-hour community-wide photo marathon on Mayday (6pm Friday, April 30-6pm Saturday, May 1 to be precise!) where individuals and teams hit the streets to photograph a theme, cause, community, or non-profit of their choice.  Open to ALL levels and anyone who wants to participate.

Long Shot participants will dedicate one full 24-hour period, or a part of it, to exploring the city of Seattle (or their current location) and documenting their journey during that 24-hour period. You can shoot on your own, join a team, or keep in touch with other participating photographers at meet-up points throughout the 24 hours.

WHY: The basic premise of Long Shot is to celebrate photography and community and to seek pledges for your participation in the event.  Long Shot is a way to support making connections for you, build community, raise awareness for a cause (if you choose), express your inner artist, and to raise money for the Photo Center to continue to offer educational and outreach programs.

HOW: Register and then seek out family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else to pledge any amount that they can for your participation in the Long Shot event.

Long Shot event raises funds for the Photo Center NW in two ways: through pledges and sponsorships during the Long Shot shoot and through the Long Shot Exhibition where photographs from the Long Shot shoot will be up for sale!

You can ask for an hourly pledge (i.e. $1.00 for every hour you shoot) or you can ask for a flat rate (i.e. $24.00 no matter how many hours you participate). Then, invite everyone you know to the Longshot Exhibition to purchase photographs from the shoot! All proceeds benefit Photo Center NW.

Whether you shoot alone, or as part of a group, just a few dollars per hour can help us bring new tools to the Photo Center, keep our doors open to artists and students 7 days a week, and put on faculty, student, and alumni exhibitions.

Participants can begin the event with a team from here on Capitol Hill in Seattle, or start shooting from wherever they might be in the world. No matter where you start, at the end of the day you’ll have contributed images and energy to an important center for photographic art, education, and community.

Long Shot will culminate with the Long Shot Exhibition and Celebration on Friday, June 4.  All participants will be asked to submit a framed print which will be displayed at the Photo Center and sold as a fundraiser “ISO” (in support of) the Photo Center!