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Visual stories from the Eastside and the Pacific Northwest by Chad Coleman

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Tyler Allen Racing

July 23rd, 2010 at 3:56 pm by Chad Coleman

Bellevue-based race car driver Tyler Allen has his sights set on making it as a NASCAR driver. I had the opportunity to meet and photograph Tyler at his home garage recently for a feature article by Joel Willits (who even dropped a behind-the-scenes  blog post on the process of writing a feature article). Check out the two good pieces by Joel to learn more, but I wanted to take a quick moment to share the photos here on Focus Northwest. More images after the jump…

Sgt. Leonid Milkin stands on the unfinished porch off the master bedroom overlooking Forbes Lake during the rebuild of the his home in Kirkland on July 14, 2010.  Four family members, including his wife and two sons, were murdered at the site four years ago and the house set on fire. “He thought about the memories he had of his two sons playing and swimming there during the summer months.” writes Kirkland Reporter contributor Kevin Opsahl in his article on the rebuild. More images after the jump…

Emergency first responders get gas fire training

July 20th, 2010 at 9:05 am by Chad Coleman

Glenn Huden, a Puget Sound Energy gas first response PI inspector, sprays a fire extinguisher during a live gas fire demonstration for emergency first responders from agencies including Overlake Hospital Medical Center, and the Bellevue and Redmond fire departments at the PSE Georgetown facility in Seattle on Monday, July 19, 2010. More images after the jump…

Summer time at Idylwood Park in Redmond

July 15th, 2010 at 1:55 pm by Chad Coleman

“Could you get me some summer time photos from Idylwood Park?” asks my editor. Some days it’s just that easy, and I always appreciate an assignment out in the sunshine in the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather. Here are to panoramic images of the Idylwood Park swimming are that were stitched together in Photoshop. Enjoy!

Transition Academy Graduation | Multimedia

June 25th, 2010 at 12:10 pm by Chad Coleman

Here is a recent multimedia piece I produced about the Lake Washington School District’s Transition Academy Graduation on June 10. This was the final piece in an ongoing series about the program by the Redmond Reporter that started in the fall of 2009. I photographed several assignments this spring for the series including a recent graduate on his work out regimen.

I have much to learn and improve during my transition from a photojournalist to visual journalist. It is an ongoing, self-taught process gleaning knowledge from blogs and people established in the field, mixed with a bunch of trial & error. It is a bumpy road these days, but I hope that will smooth out with time invested and experience.

Kenechi Udeze

June 14th, 2010 at 11:34 am by Chad Coleman

Kenechi Udeze, a former NFL defensive end and first-round draft pick, had his professional football career cut short by cancer, but continues to work around the game as an assistant sterngth coach for the University of Washington football team and hopes to help others with cancer. I had the privelege to photograph Kenechi last week along with the task of converting the Bellevue Reporter office into a “studio.” More images after the jump…

Behind the curtain at Cirque Du Soeil’s KOOZA

June 2nd, 2010 at 11:00 am by Chad Coleman

Irina Akimova, of the Ukraine, practices her hoops routine on stage for the upcoming Cirque Du Soleil production, KOOZA, at Marymoor Park in Redmond on Tuesday, June 1. The images above were shot at a 1-second exposure, hand-held creating the dream-like quality of light and motion. More images and look in the Artistic Tent after the jump…

Andrew Young, an inspiring Transition Academy graduate

May 17th, 2010 at 12:50 pm by Chad Coleman

Sometimes you meet special people on assignment, and one such inspiration is Andrew Young. A 2009 Lake Washington School District Transition Academy graduate, Andrew also graduated from Eastlake High School in Sammamish. I was recently tasked to photograph Andrew during his workout session at the Redmond Athletic Club. More photos after the jump…

Ink & Needles | Tattoo Art

May 10th, 2010 at 1:40 pm by Chad Coleman

Variety. My job as a photojournalist in a single word. I recently photographed Keahi Hooe, above, of Easy Choppers & Tattoos for a piece on alternative arts for our monthly magazine, The Scene. More images after the jump…

Classic Rockathon | Old Fire House Teen Center

May 6th, 2010 at 1:47 pm by Chad Coleman


Russ Thornburg, guitarist of the band JAR, lies prone on the stage after their final concert during the Classic Rockathon competition at the Old Fire House Teen Center in Redmond on April 30, 2010. More photos and a short multimedia piece after the jump…