Things built with a human hand have a different kind of feeling. Bow Edison is a small artist colony a couple hours northeast of Seattle. The “town” comprises about two blocks, featuring galleries, a vintage store, a bottle shop, and a a small handful of quaint, delicious food spots. Everything in the town rings with the quality of artisanship, down to the pedestrian walkways, elevated a few feet from street level.
The local cabinet shop has a little shack off the main drive with wood scraps for sale. Slabs of live edge hardwoods and offcuts from interiors projects line the walls, priced according to size and quality. The woodshed inspires daydreams of Nakashima furniture. Thankfully, the cabinet shop has a room for rent across the street, and that’s where we stayed.
We pulled the stony, jade-green speckled RIM bowls from the custom cabinets, chopped the herbs and placed them in the smaller bowls for serving, and set the rice to cook on low while we went out to fetch a bottle of wine ten minutes before the shop closed. A scruffy little dog greeted us at the doorway. I like to think he was just a local, hanging out for his evening social hour.
Brandon Herrell is a photographer and writer living in Seattle. Having grown up on the rocky shores of the Puget Sound, he endeavors to carry the serene energy of those landscapes through his work. Through his portraits, still life, and lifestyle photographs, he weaves themes of open space, nature, and introspection. What results is a window to into a lifestyle which is slow, intentional, and truthful.