For over 25 years, Esteban has been an executive, creative director and writer for advertising and design firms, schools and start-ups. In 2010, his wife gave him his first Nikon DSLR and he began his journey behind the lens as a photographer.
These photographs are part of his project capturing Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal, which is home to the north Pacific fishing fleet and the largest, skilled-marine workforce on the west coast.
“I was originally drawn to Fishermen’s Terminal because it was so rich with form, texture and color,” says Esteban. “But with each visit my connection deepened as I observed people, poked into nooks and crannies, and discovered the day-to-day rhythms and below-the-surface beauty of the place. To sit on the west wall at dawn and watch the sun come up over the fleet; to smell the peculiar mix of odors from diesel, fish, and welding; and to read the names of the more than 500 local, commercial fishermen who have lost their lives to feed us—these are things that every Seattleite should experience. I learned that the Terminal is much more than 5 billion dollars of commerce. It’s part of the soul of our city. It’s living history. No other major American city has a dedicated commercial fishing port. I wondered, ‘Can we retain this maritime, working waterfront? Can this uniquely Seattle place last?’ And I realized that my growing number of visits were telling me that the story of this place needed to be told.”
Originally from Southern California, Brooke Borcherding is an emerging landscape artist living and working in Seattle, WA. Her practice focuses on painting from life and transforming studies into larger studio pieces that she calls “deconstructions.”
Borcherding has always been inherently drawn to the things that surround her, and took her easel outdoors for the first time in 2009, observing and learning from both nature and her plein air painting peers at the University of Oregon, where she earned her BFA in 2010.
Borcherding’s process is exploratory, building up the the landscape in an abstract manner with blocks of color and then putting together bits and pieces, finding order in the chaos to re-form what we can identify as a place. Her goal is to create an engaging visual scene that takes you deep into space and dances between the real and the inevitable unreal of paint on a canvas.