Seattle University student Lana Blinderman will share images of Capitol Hill’s old — and oftentimes, endangered — mid-twentieth century apartment buildings as part of the 2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Photography Exhibition showcasing the work of graduating students:
In Places We Keep, Lana Blinderman spends her time in the company of beautiful buildings. She is often spotted carrying a heavy camera and a tripod around her neighborhood while photographing notable early and mid-twentieth century apartments. In a rapidly changing urban landscape, the dirty words “gentrification” and “displacement” invade our lives, neighborhoods, and conversations. Blinderman draws attention to the beauty and historic character of Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Through her fine documentary images, we are asked to consider the implications of urban redevelopment.
Blinderman tells CHS the photographs on display starting with Thursday night’s reception represent only a small portion of the images of the legendary old buildings she has captured around Capitol Hill.
“I did fall in love with many of the buildings and would love to live in some of them someday, like La Crosse, Kingshire or Chardonnay, to name a few,” Blinderman told CHS. “One of my biggest inspirations was Diana James‘ book ‘Shared Walls’ and her neighborhood tour; it certainly gave me an appreciation of these buildings’ history beyond visual pleasure.”
Blinderman says that the fate of one building in particular causes her the greatest pain of coming loss. “One building that is not included in the show but really broke my heart is Ruth Court at 133 18th Ave E,” she writes. “It is going to be demolished and replaced with a much larger building. So sorry to see such beauty and character go away.” CHS wrote about the Ruth Court development here.
Blinderman is also lucky enough to have found a home in one of the buildings she loves. “I have just renewed my lease for a studio in an early 20th century brick apartment building,” she writes.”
Places We Keep – Historic Apartments on Capitol Hill
Seattle University 2014 BFA Exhibition
Reception: Thursday, May 22, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
May 22 to June 14 in the Vachon Gallery, Seattle University Fine Arts Building
Gallery hours: weekdays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM