Today was another gorgeous day, so I finished work early again, and headed down to West Seattle. Today's main goal was to try and get some shots of the house where I grew up.
I wasn't quite sure how to handle this one - the issue is that this is someone else's house now. I didn't want to invade their privacy or upset them in any way, so I tried to stay under the radar, and just get some shots outside the house. To be completely honest, I would love to be able to see how things have changed inside the house - although I'm sure the decor is completely different, basic structural items would remain, and my dad built half of this house himself. But I just can't do it. I can't bring myself to go up to the door, knock, and see if they would let me inside. Because frankly, I doubt I would let anyone inside our house, even if they came up and told them my story. So I'll have to settle for noticing changes outside. We never had a fence in front, and we used to have these big bushes right outside, between those two windows. And the color. Our house was a gorgeous chocolate brown. Around back, the fencing is the same, and I can still see the stone pathway my grandpa help my dad place so many years ago. The deck is twice the size, and appears to be without a railing at this point, and there is a basketball hoop over the driveway, which we begged for for years, and didn't get until after we moved.
It could be I'll go back again sometime. There are 29 more days left of the project. But I'm really glad to have gotten some good shots today of such an important place in my childhood.
I also had enough time to get to the bridge over fauntleroy (which was how I got to my paper route), the intersection where someone found me trying to walk home by myself at age 3, the YMCA where my mom worked, my school bus stop, and my first elementary, Genesse Hill.
I was really excited that Genesse was unlocked when I got there around 5:00 pm. School had long been out, and I figured I would just walk around the building outside and take pictures. Luckily, I thought to try the door, and it was open! It was fun walking through those halls, and trying to remember which room was my kindergarten classroom (I couldn't).
All in all, it was a good day of shooting, and I'm glad to keep the momentum going. I'll be pretty busy at work the next 2 days, and then I am busy all day on Saturday with our district caucus, a birthday party, and a bachelorette party, so it might be Sunday or Monday before I can head out a shoot more for the project.
Hope everyone else is doing well in their projects, and I look forward to seeing the progress!