Lana Blinderman | Ex Factory Creative

Urban Wandering

Urban Wandering

By my own definition, urban wandering photography is a visual exploration of the city. It is similar to documentary photography but less formal. In addition to architecture, it covers street scenes, found objects and various curiosities. It is perhaps closest to street photography, but in my case it doesn’t focus on people and even avoids depicting them.

While urban wandering conjures the images of flâneurs and flâneuses, an urban wanderer is not an idle bourgeois, but an engaged citizen who adores the city and uses photography to illuminate relevant issues, directly or indirectly. It is helpful to occasionally wander off into other neighborhoods, but walking in one’s own neighborhood every day makes it possible to notice and capture fluctuation and change.


Pike Place Market lovers and followers of late John Stamets’ work will remember his late eighties photo book Portrait of a Market. In August 2017, the Stamets family and Friends of the Market created an exhibit of John’s panoramic photos, digitally reproduced and placed in the same locations the original photos were taken. The program included a docent-led tour and opportunities to document the Market with our own cameras. This is a snapshot of the market through my lens. John Stamets was one of my most influential photo-mentors, and this essay honors him as well as this important Seattle landmark.




Deadpan industrial facades, unexpected splashes of midcentury modernism, and older housing abutting small industry

After years of demolition, construction and gentrification that replaces working class businesses with middle and upper class artisanal productions, Ballard still retains large areas of small manufacturing and distribution. This essay follows my walk in the area between 15th Avenue NW, NW Market Street and 11th Avenue NW, then down NW Leary Way to “Frelard.”

































































Every month I contribute to a group project called Seattle Frame by Frame. Each month we photograph a different 3 square mile section of the greater Seattle area to create a visual record of our region and how it is changing. This is my contribution to the group’s photo documentation of Shoreline, Washington.