A week has passed of my departure from Seattle, I’m still jetlagged. That is not just because of crossing ten time zones, it’s also because of all the things that took place during my stay. My brain is full, everything is a blur. Knowing what’s relevant will take some time.

The exhibition was a great experience, though, that’s for certain. The prints looked fantastic (thank you Color Group and Shelly!), the opening night was packed and I believe there may have been a couple of could-be Stuarts (not necessarily MY could-be Stuarts, they could’ve been Shelly’s or Boris’ as well. Or someone else’s entirely) in the crowd that attented both the opening and the Artist Talk event.

It was great meeting everyone in person, I had the best time!

This was the first time I have exhibited my work like this. You know, big time! It has been a very interesting experience so far. A lot of questions have been answered and some new ones risen. Is this a one-off or the first in a series of future exhibitions? At this point I do not know, everything is very much open and I’m okay with that.

Some of the things I learned during my trip:

1) Paul Allen owns the one and only Police Spinner from Blade Runner. Oh man! That thing got me so excited that I forgot to take any photographs in the Star Wars: Costumes exhibition.

I really, really would have wanted to see this thing closer. It was hung in a way that you could hardly photograph it from any other angle than from below. Yeah, it’s a flying car, I get it, but still, come on! I got a couple of decent overhead shots reaching over a wall with camera only, not actually seeing what I was photographing.

2) Paul Allen owns a lot of things in Seattle.

3) The Gum Wall is disgusting. Although I have to say the contrast stepping down the stairs from Pike Place Market was intriguing and somehow fantastically unreal. Still yucky, though.

Boris gathering courage to deal with the ectoplasm known as the Gum Wall. Bats keeping a safe distance.


Pike Place Market

Hej, Boris Here !

Me2 is stuck in one of his rabbit holes shooting our next great adventure for all of you to enjoy, and I must say I am starting to get the hang of sharing the odd post with you all here as the other half of Me2 (this is my third post to be precise). So what better way to celebrate than to look back at the fantastic week we had in Seattle now that the dust and excitement of the opening week has settled and share some of the highlights and insights from my end. Some personal experiences and some landmarks you should go and explore yourself when you visit Seattle and our awesome show (shameless self promotion).

Shelly made this fantastic list of things to see and do in the larger Seattle area when we were not busy with the preparation and execution of the “In LEGO, We Connect” exhibition in the International District (still open for you to visit until the first week of April, shameless self promotion continued) and the first on her list was Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market, is a bustling closed market place, full of great shops and a fantastic photo location to get the ambiance of this real live market, just a stonecast away from the waterfront. We visited the Market a few times during our week in Seattle and I must say it is beautiful and iconic. I recommend you try to go early on a weekday if you have the chance.  10 AM is when the Craft Market starts, but you can go there for early breakfast and some fresh fish as well. Off course you can go later in the evening if you want to do some night shoots (on my to do list for our next visit as I visited it without tripod) or enjoy one of the many restaurants like we did one beautiful evening with great company.

Walking through the market and just getting all the colors, smells and visual details of every little stall is just a pleasure for the senses. A sensory overload best to explored without all the tourists on a Sunday afternoon and as you can see plastic toys are everywhere keeping a safe eye on all the goods. Did anyone see Jaiken ?

Jaiken ?

The neon signs both in and outside are for me not just an iconic landmark of Seattle, but an iconic landmark of the US and its culture and made me wonder back to early childhood memories of neon, milkshakes and Happy Days on the television. Who remembers Fonzie ?

The lower floor has a fantastic collection of little stores to make you take an even deeper dive into American culture with mint condition Playboy and Time magazines from the early fifties and sixties featuring both their own iconic photography styles to genuine Star Wars collectibles.

Pike Market Place

Seattle’s farmers market, established in 1907 is really a must see and has this true authentic feel to it and is full of photographic opportunities for all kind of photographers (from touristic snapshots, wedding, portraits to city and HDR). This place is iconic and a very good representation of the old Seattle you can still smell in a lot of other places around the city. No wonder it was the first on Shelly’s list.

And there is more here than just the market. Opposite of Pike Market Place you will also find the very first Starbucks (that awesome overpriced value selling coffee brand we all love) and an ideal place to take a quick selfie (a very popular photography style these days) for those of you who like historic landmarks of industry and retail as a backdrop.

And then there is the Gum Wall.

The Gum Wall Too
Vesa Shooting Safe

The gum wall is just around the corner of Pike Market Place (the stairs down the pig), and while some of us liked to stay a good few inches away of this colorful stickiness and paradise of shapes, colors and germs alike, others went full in and explored the depth and richness of this artistic composition of chewed plastic*.

Seattle Gumwall
The Gum Wall Up Close

While it may sound crazy, the gum wall really connected with me and did feel like a smorgasbord of molten plastic and raw ideas yet to come to live. A happy place for Me2 to go into unconstrained thinking and rediscover new adventures. It just gave me a completely different dimension to being stuck in plastic, yet being connected.

After the stickiness of the gum wall a fresh breeze of salt air is in order, and a stroll down to the waterfront (Seattle is a city of hills, so photographers pack wisely if you plan to go hiking across town with all your gear) gives you access to the Aquarium (we skipped that one), the Ferris Wheel (another iconic landmark and ideal opportunity for long exposure photography, more on that in one of my next posts as I share with you are freezing tripod adventure) and some more.

All worth the visit, but none of them beats my colorful gum wall just around the corner of Pike Place Market.


Pike Place Market and its gum wall is just a good 30 minutes walk away from the Bryan Ohno Gallery and for sure worth the visit when you are in Seattle !

Stay tuned for more reflections in my next posts on Seattle taking a deep dive into deception pass, the space needle and rock photography.

* The gum wall is made up of chewing gum. Chewing gum is considered a polymer. And polymers  are the cornerstone of plastic. No wonder both Me2 and I felt at home.

#stuckinplastic: The Exhibition

One of our goals here at Stuck In Plastic (#stuckinplastic) is to create opportunities to show toy photography away from a computer or hand held device and place it squarely on the walls of fellow fans, board rooms, coffee shops and galleries alike.

To that end I am pleased to announce the very first Stuck In Plastic exhibition which we just branded for now #stuckinplastic: The Exhibition.

My friends +Me2Avanaut and I will be showing our collective works – large, and we mean large- at the Bryan Ohno Gallery in Seattle, USA, Planet Earth for five weeks starting March 5th, 2015.

And yes we want YOU to come and celebrate our very first art exhibition in my hometown with us.

In fact if you are able to make the opening we will all three be in attendance (yes, these two Nordic dudes are coming over to this side of the pond).

Showing my work with these two gentleman is a sincere honor, and the additional opportunity to meet them…well lets just say 2015 is looking very bright indeed.

We will be talking about this exhibition periodically between now and March 5th as our plans take shape and offcourse we are interested in your views, so stay tuned !

I hope you will take time out of your busy schedule and meet up with us for the opening reception on the 5th (or at least help us spread the word). It would be wonderful to turn this into a mini meet up and show the world and beyond (or at least Seattle for now) that we are a force to be reckoned with.

My sincere hope is that this is a grand success so that we can travel #stuckinplastic: The Exhibition to a town near you, add a few more members, and continue to grow this movement.

~ xxsjc

Our very first picture we posted here on Stuck In Plastic.

If you would like more information about this, or future exhibitions, please let us know. 
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The Mysterious Mini Cooper
The mystery of the mysterious green Mini Cooper is resolved when our friends return from a long hike across the cliffs of Cape North to take some selfies and discover that our little green friends used the mini to speed up their way to Cape North with yet another clue to the quest for the Northern Light.
Shelly finally meets our little green friends

Shelly is the first out on the cliffs of Cape North to welcome our little green friends and they spent quite some time talking (*) before they join all together for a group selfie here on the commonly referred most northern part of Europe (**).


A quick group selfie on Cape North

Once the selfies have been taken and everyone did a quick check in on their social media of choice (Cape North has a free WIFI zone, special thanks to one of the largest telecom operators in Norway) our little green friends give Julien an import clue that it is not Tutti Frutti on the inside of his life jacket, but actually reads Hurtigruten and the final harbour of the Northern Voyage may very well contain another passenger for the Crew …

Without further ado the Crew packs up their photo gear, heads back to the Camper and starts their travel East …

(*) Will Shelly reveal what she has been discussing with our little green friends out on the cliffs ?
(**) The steep cliff of North Cape is often (mistakenly) referred to as the northernmost point of Europe, located at 71°10′21″N 25°47′40″E, about 2,102.3 kilometres (1,306.3 mi) from the North Pole. However, the neighboring Knivskjellodden point, just to the west actually extends 1,457 metres (4,780 ft) farther to the north and this is where our friends where hiking when they were considered lost or abducted by aliens.
Regardless, both of these points are situated on an island, which technically means the northernmost point of mainland Europe is in fact located at Cape Nordkinn (Kinnarodden) which lies about 5.7 kilometres (3.5 mi) farther south and about 70 kilometres (43 mi) to the east and another beautiful location for photo hikes.