Gary Grenell, “Courtney at Green Lake”, 2012, from the series “Five Blocks to Green Lake”, gelatin silver print, edition of 50, 10×10”

Gary Grenell

Green Lake in Seattle is the mostly widely used urban public park in the Pacific Northwest, in addition to being my neighborhood and the epicenter of my photographic world. Since 1993, I have spent innumerable hours wandering the neighborhood sidewalks and the three mile path around the lake with my camera in hand, creating unplanned photographic portraits of the people whom I encounter. My photographic subjects are “found” in the most familiar locations: under trees, on sidewalks, and in front of their homes. There is scant evidence of the crowds that are often just outside of the range of my camera lens as I position my subjects in a way that momentarily sequesters them from much of the visual cacophony. Were I a tourist visiting Green Lake, my eye would be inundated by novelty, obscuring the particulars of what is subtle and nuanced. Instead, my familiarity with the area provides an ease and comfort that allows me to walk with no set agenda and remain open to the chance meeting. I have come to know the lake and its surrounds quite well, and I am interested in observing the unfamiliar found within the quotidian. This project does not endeavor to portray a totalistic sense of Green Lake, the park or the neighborhood. Rather, this project reflects my personal vision of this very public place, and, hopefully, reveals something about the depth of character of the people who frequent it, a depth that has sustained me in numerous ways over many years.

Gary Grenell (Seattle, WA) held a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the United States International University. To date Grenell’s work had been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally at venues including the Portland Art Museum, Blue Sky Gallery (both in Portland, OR), the Collective Visions Gallery (Bremerton, WA), and Phinney Center Gallery (Seattle, WA), among others. His work has also been featured and reviewed in The Photo Review and Calument Magazine. His photographs are part of the collection of Museum of Fine Art Photography (Houston, TX), Photographic Center Northeast (Seattle, WA), the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), and Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR). He passed away on April 12,2013 due to Pancreatic Cancer.