If any Seattle-folk went to see Rachel Bukey read from her new novel Leap of Faith at the Elliott Bay Book Company last week, and if you happen to be huge fans of the blog, and also I suppose just ridiculously eagle-eyed, you might have noticed a certain similarity of the cover (shown here):
And some of the pictures that I took of the George Washington Memorial Bridge (aka the Aurora bridge, aka the Suicide Bridge) here. Well, as you might have guessed, that’s no coincidence. The graphic artist who did the cover work reached out to me to ask my permission to adapt one of my shots for the cover here. As I say, I’m happy to oblige and love working out little deals like this. Happy to see a Seattle author work with a Seattle graphic artist to use the work of a Seattle photographer to make something new.
Is the book any good? My copy is in the mail. I’ll tell you later.
A while back I did a few shots from the top of the Suicide Aurora Bridge – officially the George Washington Memorial Bridge. At the time the suicide fence was going up and I haven’t heard much since. I just looked into it and according to WSDOT, there has been one suicide since – that’s one in a little more than a year – a fraction of the rate before. The view from the top used to be great – it’s still nice. One thing that always got me was that the view from the bottom of the bridge is pretty great too, in an engineery kind of way. They never show these things off.
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As usual shooting something against the sky and not wanting to lose the detail, I did this one as HDR. I love the sweeping curves of the thing. I don’t even think this picture does justice to just how high the arc of steel sweeps from Fremont over to Queen Anne. The bridge is its own reward.
The Stranger ran a great piece last year about suicide and the Aurora Bridge. Our humble bridge stands right behind the titanic Golden Gate as the second-most jumped from bridge in the world. The article also went on to discuss the psychology of suicide – how making it slightly more difficult to jump drastically decreased the odds of someone trying. Between that and the fact that Adobe is really tired of people landing in their parking lot below, the fence is now going up on what is officially known as the George Washington Memorial Bridge (how fitting, right?)
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