Back in Seattle

Seattle skyline sett fra Queen Anne-området. Mount Rainier i bakgrunnen



Seattle skyline sett fra Queen Anne-området


I have returned to my second city. I guess that’s fair to say, since I pretty much spend almost half of my time in Seattle. It always feels good to be back. Seattle is a beautiful city, and maybe even more importantly; is a city situated in a gorgeous mountain area, with the mountains only a short drive away. At the same time, the sea literally surrounds this pleasant west coast city. In other words; enough wilderness and scenery of any kind to please an old nature lover. There is one more aspect of Seattle that I maybe appreciate more than anything else. It’s a open-minded city, people are not confined to preconceived ideas of what is right or wrong. Mostly I should add. The quite progressive inhabitants are willing to listen and to discuss, but almost never with prejudice. Well, of course there are always exceptions to any testimonial. Nevertheless Seattle is wonderful, wondrous and welcoming.

122 thoughts on “Back in Seattle

  1. Beautiful pictures of the city. I love how you the treatments to the pictures. It just gives a feeling of surreal but not too far out of touch of the reality. The composition and the geometric shapes of the fourth picture is perfect to me.

  2. Living not that far away from Seattle, in Northern California, I cannot believe I’ve never been there. Your photos are making me think I’ve been missing out far too long now.

  3. Lovely pictures. They make me a bit homesick. I lived in Seattle for 15 years and the top shot is almost exactly what I saw every day from my living room window on Lower Queen Ann Hill. The Ferris wheel is an addition since I moved 8 years ago.

  4. These are wonderful photos Otto. I particularly like the second one with all the curves but all them work together to tell a story of city that looks inspiring.

  5. Otto, any city with a mountain looking like that is a winner to me and water all around too! A lovely little introduction to this city with a charm only you seem to be able to produce in a city profile

    1. No, it does not rain every day. It is suppose to be a rainy city, though, but it all depends on perspective. My city in Norway, Bergen, has twice as much yearly precipitation, so for me Seattle is a sunny place. Thanks for your comment, Robert.

  6. I didn’t realize you spent so much time in Seattle. I’ve only been there once, very briefly. It was years ago and I don’t think I even had a camera with me. I’d love to see more of it one day. I’ve always wanted to see the “underground city.”

  7. What a gorgeous way to greet Seattle. Otto. I love the way you treated these photos–so vivid, sharp against the beautiful pastels of the atmosphere. Welcome back (seahawk)! ~m

  8. Great photos Otto. I can see why you find it beautiful. It looks like a charming city. Friendly and welcoming residents are great addition to the city. Wishing you a pleasant stay 🙂

  9. You show off this gem of the Pacific Northwest so beautifully. I did get a kick out of all the photographers with the smart phones… and you capturing them as a voyeur. 🙂

  10. I hope the Seattle tourism office gives you a proper commission, Otto. With high recommendations from a world traveler who admires Seattle’s people and architecture and geography and vitality, I have put it on my official bucket list.

  11. For me, these photos have a nostalgic feel that remind me of old hand sketched post cards from the early 1900’s, especially the ones with the ferris wheel. Very evocative.

  12. I can easily imagine you at home in Seattle, Otto. I didn’t realize you spent so much time there, but I like the idea that we are in the same time zone! 🙂 I love the photo with the tourists taking photos of the skyline. It’s such an excellent action shot!

  13. it’s amzing how similar your description of seattle to my personal impressions of this city is. i’ve always thought it must be my selective perception that makes it so special to me but … guess it’s really the nature of this place. was a pleasure to read through your lines!

  14. I often wondered about Seattle when I was growing up in Prince George, BC back in the 80’s. I used to watch Seattle TV news, and their zany commercials for the Sea Galley restaurant. I never made it there, and now I’m on the eastern side of Canada. It’s still; neveretheless, on my list of places to visit.

  15. Enjoy being back in my hometown and your second-home! It really is a wonderful place in many ways. Glad I will get back (however briefly) for a couple of visits in the coming months. Your shots here manage both to be iconic views and wonderfully personal. So characteristic of your work, Otto! I really admire that ability you have to see both what will be most memorable and powerful in a pictorial moment, and what will reflect your own style and artistry. Marvelous.

  16. Härliga vykort från din spännande och kosmopolitiska stad, Otto!
    Var ju där för ett år sedan och kommer gärna tillbaka…men trafiken på 5:an ner mot Kalifornien, ja, den är jag gärna utan:) Då vi bodde i Tacoma blev det alltför lite sett av själva Seattle…så du, tack för titten, jag ser att det finns mycket mer att upptäcka:)
    Ps. Ja du, älgarna var nästan för bra för att vara sant…tala om tur…samt en snäll granne som förvarnade. Ds

    1. Kjekt å høre fra deg, Gertie. Og, ja, I-5 kan være litt av en tålmodighetsprøve fra tid til annen. I det hele tatt er biltrafikken i Seattle en av de negative sidene ved byen. Derfor prøver jeg å sykle så mye som mulig. 🙂

  17. beautiful pictures! i have been to Seattle but just passing thru without seeing sights… and the person i was going to visit had an open mind that’s for sure lol…. reminded me of ‘Frasier’ and i thought that you got some nice weather!

  18. Jeg vidste ikke, at Seattle var så spændende og rar en by. Jeg håber snart at komme til USA igen, måske skulle man lægge vejen forbi deroppe…. – og så videre til Canada (hvor jeg aldrig har været)

  19. That first shot got me, Otto! That panorama is all I could ever hope for of Seattle and I would love to see it in person. The heavy boxes work so well on your delicate colours. Just beautiful! 🙂

  20. Drove past that skyline but not visited. Looks like Hipstamatic app photos. I use it all the time and love it. Beautiful colours and texture in your images.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and I will be keeping up with yours as I go through my photography degree.

  21. Fantastisk kule bilder fra Seattle, likte det “tighte” utsnittet og de gode komposisjonene, elsker (selvfølgelig) det 4. bildet, men det med menneskene synes jeg også var helt herlig. Etterbehandlingen ga et fantastisk særpreg på serien… ny by å sette på listen;)

  22. Love these shots…all of which are about a 15-30 minute walk from my place in Belltown. The mood of the ‘ferris wheel’ is quite nice, and while I was not a fan when it arrived, it is growing on me (the way you make it work with the stadiums as a backdrop is part of the reason why…great eye). As you know, nothing quite like a summer in Seattle ~ except perhaps as summer moves into fall. So much to see there, and look forward to your future posts… Will you be heading into the mountains much?

  23. Such beautifully composed and presented images, Otto — and a nice reminder for me of the couple of days I spent in Seattle, just a few short years ago. I loved the atmosphere, and really hope to go back sometime.

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