What it’s like to take photos for 24 hours straight in Seattle

On any given day, Seattle can be one of the most beautiful cities in the world: mountains surrounding the city with water views, the Space Needle standing ever vigilant and unique nooks throughout the city streets. Viewing the same city deep into the night provides an opportunity to see the city in a way that most people never experience. Longshot provided the perfect excuse to explore and record the views and experiences of a 24 hour expedition throughout the Emerald City.

This year’s Longshot started with a countdown at the Photo Center Northwest and then led into gallivanting throughout the city with check ins at Pies and Pints, TWIF Headquarters, Myrtle Edward Park, fulfilling a sleep deprivation endurance wager and beginning a new day with a hearty breakfast and bloody mary at the 5-Point.  While there were additional check points at Smarty Pants, NW Pinball Museum and Pier 62/63, sleep beckoned and the humble author was unable to lift his head from the pillow to check in.

Here’s one of Josh’s photos, which he took after he awoke from his slumber.

Here’s one of Josh’s photos, which he took after he awoke from his slumber.

Here’s one of Josh’s photos, which he took after he awoke from his slumber.

Highlights along the way included paying respects at Café Racer, wandering around Pike Place Market without having to dodge a single tourist,  seeing the late night milk delivery at Beecher’s to feed the need for cheese and watching as the cobblestones of the market were sprayed down with a  cleaning fluid whose scent I’m still trying to place.  When the morning came and the cumulative fatigue and hearty fare at the 5 Point began to translate into slumber over 300 photos had been taken, a scant few will be chosen to be judged for the Longshot exhibit but the memory behind those photographs will last much longer than the 24 hours needed to record them for posterity.

-Josh Dand is a board member for TWIF – he joined forces with us after winning this year’s Beard & Stache Fest.