Ten Feet into the Future
Ten Feet into the Future
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A New Year comes with people making resolutions to better themselves into the future; the main one invariably being  to exercise more.  And for many, this usually sees a short-lived jogging epidemic that lasts about as long as an unopened bottle of champagne on the chimes of midnight going into 1st January. My resolution is each morning to do 100 lift-ups. And two days into 2014, my morning regime is working out very well – first 50 lift-ups with the left eyelid, followed by 50 with the right eyelid.


In downtown Seattle, many joggers frequent Myrtle Edwards Park that weaves scenically along Eliott Bay. And this is appropriate, because, just beside the Olympic Sculpture Park, they can get invigorated by the sight of artist David Govedare’s 1986 aluminium life-size sculpture Ten Feet into the Future that I photographed on my very bright but chilly Christmas Day walk (see, I do exercise). With the omnipresent Space Needle in the background, it shows five joggers; a more careful look reveals that the ten feet belongs to five different ethnic backgrounds are represented. The lead runner is an American Indian, symbolising that American Indians were here before all other peoples and the artist’s view that “in a spiritual sense” the Native American is leading the others onwards into the future.


Leica M3 & 50mm Summicron

B+W ND Filter (2 stop)

Sekonic L-308S

Ilford HP5+ (250)

HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 8:30 minutes)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan