These are photographs that I have taken on walks. Some may eventually become a new series. For now, they are my visual notebook.
The Alleys series documents a lesser-known casualty of the construction boom in Seattle—alleyways. While they often carry a negative reputation, they are an integral part of the urban landscape. This project begin in 2013.
Collections are photographs taken in Anaheim, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and England during 2008-2012.
Family, Friends, and Strangers are photos taken in the early to mid-’70s. Amusement attractions, holidays, gatherings, and CalArts were all places that I documented the people that I found there.
The Drive-Ins series photos were taken in 1973. Shot in Southern California, this was the beginning of other documentation projects to follow. Drive-in theaters were on their way out in the early ‘70s. The land they were on became worth more than the money they brought in and many were torn down to build housing subdivisions and strip malls.
The Hikes series is an ongoing project documenting hiking trails in Western Washington. These include urban trails, city, state, and national parks.
Trainviews are point-of-view photographs taken from a commuter train running along the Puget Sound from Mukilteo to Seattle [2013-2017].
Truckviews were taken in 1975 while driving a 26-foot bobtail truck from North Hollywood to Santa Maria, CA to deliver office furniture.
Steve Weir’s passion for photography began more than 50 years ago. As an undergrad student at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Steve developed his skills in communication design and photography. Here he honed in on his style of documentation imagery. He furthered this as part of his MFA program at CalArts. Projects included Homes of the Stars and California Historical Landmarks. Steve went on to work at higher education institutions including CalArts, Art Center College of Design, and Antioch University holding senior positions in student services, enrollment management, IT, communications, and marketing. As photography has entered the digital age, Steve has evolved his image style to capture candid moments from everyday life.
1978 MFA California Institute of the Arts – School of Art-Photography
1973 BFA California Institute of the Arts – School of Design
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