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A Brand New Day | by Thomas Hawk
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A Brand New Day

Hey, thanks all for the comments and faves on this photo. A little background. I recently spent 2 days up in Seattle visiting with Getty Images. While I had meetings during the day, at night and in the early morning I ran around all over Seattle shooting.


This particular photo was taken near an elevator and stairway that went from the area around Pike Place Market down to the waterfront. I actually wasn't waiting for this shot. I saw this woman runner running and had to sprint after her to chase her with my camera (and backpack). I'm glad she didn't turn around because she probably would have mistaken me for a stalker or something.


Anyways, right before this bridge to the stairs/elevator is the freeway that runs along the waterfront in Seattle. So she is running beneath this freeway, which is where the light on her is coming from. It's from a light in the underpass. She's running towards the bridge and even more dramatically, and out of view, towards the ocean.


The sun had just come up. I had already been shooting for a few hours in the dark and just lucked into this glorious capture of someone beginning their day. I saw her running and just thought what an amazing way to start a day. The air is clean and fresh in Seattle, it was crisp and cold, and her run just represented all that is good about morning to me.


I shoot strangers a lot. I love it when they can't see me and I can capture a moment in life as a hidden observer.

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Taken on October 26, 2006