Snowbruary 2019: Our 50+ favorite Capitol Hill pictures and videos

It’s been a month of snow and ice on Capitol Hill. Here are 50 (and a couple more) of our favorite pictures and videos from the run of CHS “Snowbruary 2019” coverage. Thanks for sharing your wintry scenes with CHS. We’ve included many images from the crowd in the mix along with some of our favorite shots and clips from CHS. Something we missed? Let us know in comments. Continue reading

CHS-V: Video nostalgia for Capitol Hill, 2009

In the beginning, while CHS was still figuring it all out, we were fortunate to luck into working with some extremely talented people who were still figuring it all out also. One of them was Capitol Hill video production pro David Albright. Why he chose the byline Cheesecake, you’ll have to ask him. But one particular series of work has been one of our favorites. Like many things from CHS’s digital past, Albright’s CHS-V series decayed over the years and eventually was removed completely from the various video services it utilized. Let that be a warning and reminder to you as you slave away at digital content today. But for these holidays, Cheesecake has given us a lovely present. His short-lived but much-loved video series is back online. His assignment was simple. Give us a version of Charles Kuralt’s Sunday Morning-style meditations on nature. Only do it on Capitol Hill. The result, we think, is loving, moving portrait of the neighborhood. Tune in to one of the episodes whenever you need to chill or want to remember the parts of Capitol Hill that you like. Or if you are feeling very nostalgic for 2009.

The full CHS-V series is below.

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Capitol Hill in Transition… the movie

Here, through the lenses The Advanced Digital Media Class for Teens at 12th Ave’s Photo Center NW, is another look at a changing Capitol Hill. Nice work, kids.

Capitol Hill in Transition from Advanced Digital Media for Teens on Vimeo.

Photographic Center Northwest located in Seattle, Washington offers teen workshops that help youth advance their creative skills in photography and digital media. The Advanced Digital Media Workshop offers teens the chance to create a multimedia piece where they use their photographic skills to tell a story.

In this particular class, our multimedia project explored the changes happening on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. Capitol Hill has long been considered the heart of Seattle’s alternative culture and lifestyles, but with a mass population increase and influx of new business the landscape is rapidly transforming.

Through the use of photography, video, and audio skills gained in the workshop; the students created the multimedia piece, Capitol Hill in Transition, which looks at the changing cultural demographics and economics sweeping the area.

Instructor: Bethanie Mitchell
Videographer: Peter Kubiniec
Photographers: Jack Sarlls, Phoebe Metzger, and Johanna Mergener
Audio: Phoebe Metzger

Spirit of ’74: Seattle’s first Pride and the gay ‘communes’ of Capitol Hill

Seattle's first Pride in 1974 -- from JAKE Talks

Seattle’s first Pride in 1974 — from JAKE Talks

One of the original CHS contributors, Capitol Hill videographer David Albright sent us a note about a recent project just in time for this weekend’s 40th anniversary of Seattle Pride:

I’ve been working with a group called JAKE Talks (basically TED talks for the gays)… and our first video is on Seattle’s first pridefest back in ’74. It includes some interesting tid-bits about what the hill was like back in the 70s.

The talk by longtime community leader David Neth provides glimpses into life on Capitol Hill before real estate prices sky rocketed and countercultures could afford to put down roots. “All of these old capitol Hill homes. They were run down,” Neth begins. “They were rentals. Cheap rentals. You couldn’t even give them away if you were going to sell one. It was the perfect encampment for the washed out hippies and the newly emerging gay and lesbian community.” Here are excerpts from the full talk:

“We were the LGBT community. We weren’t behind closed doors. We weren’t in bars — right now. We weren’t protesting,” Neth says about that day in 1974. “We were in a public space, having a good time and enjoying life with our heads held high in the bright sunlight.”

Screen Off

Film/Video. Experimental/Avant-garde. Exhibition/Installation. Cinema/Gallery. What is the difference between video art and experimental film?
In this Screen Off, we explore the intertwined historical trajectories of experimental film and video art, and expose the tensions that have emerged from attempts to define the two forms. By juxtaposing projections of 16mm experimental films with new video art, we pit the stylistic legacies of the likes of Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage against their 2014 descendants (or in some cases, opponents). New video art dissects the principles of Bart Simpson, emojis, chess games, memory’s surreal dimensions, culture collisions and visual music.