The viaduct is gone. It was an above ground freeway along the Seattle Waterfront that was opened in 1953. It closed last month after 66 years. There was opposition to it from the beginning as many thought it separated downtown from the water. The other side thought it a beautiful way to see downtown and the Puget Sound as you drove on it. Earthquake risks finally decided its fate. A tunnel has replaced it. I was born in 1951. My infrastructure is aging, I am still viable, and perhaps good for many more years to come. There was a celebration at the closing and opening of the two projects. A Walk/Run and of course the normal speeches at the event. I shot the event with the Nikon FM2 and Nikkor 50mm 1:2 Lens. I pushed HP5+ two stops and developed it in HC-110(1:15) for 5 minutes, 30 seconds.
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Same here, with the infrastructure and me! In fact, I’m working on a long-term project shooting our municipal auditorium and coliseum which are scheduled for demolition later this year. The auditorium opened in the spring of 1956, when I was just one week old. I think it hurts my feelings a little bit that the buildings are “too old.”
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I don’t know about the viaduct’s values – I saw it almost a 25(?) years ago when I took Amtrak to Seattle to pick up an MG TC and drive it back to the east while its owners flew home. I imagine I drove the viaduct from from the Rainier brewery (had to take the tour) north to pick up route 20 eastbound (fires had closed 2). Don’t xactly recall.
I concur this 7th decade presents its challenges to one’s world survey. Just like 40 is the age when sapient adults realize they’ve made their choices that will direct the next 40 years (the world is no longer one’s unlimited oyster), at 60 one starts to deeply feel the impermanence of culture and the hardware that goes with that; the unhinging of Billy Pilgrim. I wonder what 80 will hold.
Within the past 12 years, the grand art deco elementary and junior high school I attended in a small Ohio town (and whence my father and his sister graduated when it was The School), built in 1942 after the original school burnt down, was demolished. Then the rural schools in two neighboring towns where we were bussed for 6th grade were leveled. And finally just a few years ago the consolodated High School – built when these three towns combined to to form one school district in the mid ’60s (I remember the assembly in the auditorium where the Superintendent came to tell the students) – was demolished. Now, rather than each small community having a local school/auditorium/gymnasium, the region has one central bland standard architectual wonder for K-12 out in the middle of a field several miles from any town.
How are we to see these things as improvements?
And you’ve almost convinced me to buy HC110 next time instead of K76………..
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I have used D76 and it is also a good developer.