Sunday in the City

by Judy Blanco

Locations: various, in Seattle

Traditionally, Sunday is a day to relax and reflect, a day to rest and gather strength for the coming week. Generally, people seem to be quiet and subdued on Sundays, and in response, the city seems quiet. But how quiet is it? Despite the miserable winter weather, I very easily found a lot of people getting together on a Sunday in the city. I have included pictures in a vibrant community café in an unlikely location. I took some furtive pictures of the men furtively “cruising” the Volunteer Park drive on a Sunday morn. I visited the Mt. Baker Park Community Church and was introduced to the highly organized group effort that is their Sunday service. I’ve also included a picture from a matinee theatre performance about a little-known composer. The larger patterns these gatherings make over time, of individuals acting and working together outside of the consumer-culture as well as their working life, is part of what makes cities so appealing to me.

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