There is no one left to talk to...

...so we use our telephones for taking photographs. © Ryan Schierling, via iPhone.

"After the war started, and we lost the internet, we stopped writing on our blogs, and went back to writing in our notebooks.

But we didn’t change what we wrote, or how we wrote, we only changed where we wrote it.

We still wrote about what our days were like, and what we’d had to eat, and why it had been so long since we last wrote.

We weren’t sure who we were writing to, or why, or whether anyone would ever read what we had written.

We realized we were praying."


A deeper shade of Blue.

From Seattle Weekly, art © 2009 Adam Garcia

I got a nice email from Philadelphia artist Adam Garcia last week, after he was commissioned to do an illustration of local hip hop group Blue Scholars. He chose to base the image on a photograph I took of Geo and Sabzi in 2005, and wanted to make sure I knew about it, and if I'd like to be credited for the source material. I was a little shocked, and completely delighted, because I've had images appropriated and altered in the past with no contact or permissions given. Needless to say, I gave him two big thumbs up, and the art turned out fantastic.

Blue Scholars, 2005. © Ryan Schierling


They gave us the Statue of Liberty. We gave them Chef Boyardee.

Franco-American War. Limited palette, limited palate II, from the "Ugly Food" series. © Ryan Schierling


I never really did like the word capture.

Photograph © William Anthony. Tearsheet via Seattle Metropolitan.

I was cleaning out my desk and found this section cut from the contributor pages of Seattle Metropolitan magazine last year. The gaff tape mustache shot was when I was assisting WmA on an Alaska Airlines shoot, the text (at least the portion in quotations) comes from reading too many serious contributor columns with too many serious photographers who are far too serious about pushing the button.

The 2008 article chronicled the history of Sub Pop Records. The below photographs of Jimmy and Ben were unpublished outtakes from the aforementioned 2005 SubPop shoot when they picked up their gold album for Give Up.

Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard - April 2005. © Ryan Schierling

Gibbard, protective. 2005 © Ryan Schierling