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Remembering Gary Grenell

Green Lake Gothic, 1996 -- Gary Grenell

We were saddened to hear of Gary Grenell's passing earlier this week. We've represented Grenell's Five Blocks to Green Lake portfolio on the Photographer's Showcase for a number of years, and we wanted to take this time to remember Grenell and share some of his wonderful portrait work photographed in his neighborhood in Seattle around Green Lake. Grenell said of his work:

"Since 1993, I have spent innumerable hours wandering the neighborhood sidewalks and the three mile path around the lake with my camera in hand, creating unplanned photographic portraits of a very few people whom I encounter. My photographic subjects are “found” in the most familiar locations: under trees, on sidewalks, and in front of their homes. 
"This project does not endeavor to portray a totalistic sense of Green Lake, the park or the neighborhood. There is scant evidence of the crowds that are often just outside of the range of my camera lens. In fact, I position my subjects in a way that momentarily sequesters them from much of the visual cacophony. Rather, this project reflects my personal vision of this very public place, and, hopefully, the project reveals something about the depth of character of the people who frequent it, a depth that has sustained me in numerous ways over many years."

Vance With His Python, 1996 -- Gary Grenell

Three Teenage Girls, 2008 -- Gary Grenell

Curly Williams in the Grasses, 1996 -- Gary Grenell

The Apparition, 1994 -- Gary Grenell

Picnic at Green Lake, 1993 -- Gary Grenell

View more images from Grenell's portfolio

Photo Center NW has published a nice post on Grenell and his work, which can be read here.
View Grenell's website here.