Pin It
Favorite

Hidden Spokane 

A photographer sets out to capture the people and jobs we take for granted

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson

This photo essay started with one idea: Capture the invisible Spokane, the people hidden in plain sight, keeping things working, as we go about our business.

What I found and followed was simply what interested me as I wandered the public spaces of Spokane. I pass a man loading cardboard boxes onto a truck. I wonder who he is, if he works with a company, how demanding his job is. I see window cleaners descending the Bank of America building and wonder how bloody long that must take.

And so it went, resulting in a photo essay that includes an Earthworks Recycling driver, window cleaners, a Rosauer’s overnight stock worker and public transit maintenance workers with the Spokane Transit Authority. Send your feedback to [email protected]


SKY WALKERS

Looking out the fourth floor windows of the Inlander office one overcast afternoon, something catches my eye. Rappelling down the Bank of America building were people I always thought were like Spidermen, or some other sort of enigmatic superhero we could all see but never know: window cleaners. Eventually I was standing right under the workers, water drops from one soap bucket hitting me in the forehead. When Mark Rutkowsky (pictured below) finally reached the ground, he said he didn’t have much time to talk. He had to get back up and do it over again.

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson


THE COLLECTOR

“I like driving,” explains Ed Nuñez as we cruise north on Division one morning, stopping by a handful of businesses and organizations to pick up recycling such as palettes, cardboard, shredded paper and broken electronics. Nuñez is a driver for Earthworks Recycling. There’s a calming pace to the job, he says, and the relative isolation make it perfect for someone who likes to think or, as Nuñez notes as he turns on the radio, for people who like music. 

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson


THE NIGHT SHIFT

Meet Ryan King, a dapper and well-spoken man who has worked with Rosauers for just over five years. He works two different shifts — nights during the week, and afternoons on the weekends — and somehow he doesn’t mind the hours. After all, it’s a job someone has to do and how would the majority of us survive without our groceries?  

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson


THE WHEELS ON THE BUS...

With dirty fingernails and oil-smudged shirts, these Spokane Transit Authority workers literally keep the wheels turning for one of Spokane’s most important public amenities. In maintenance, all workers start as cleaners and specialize as the years go on. Some become managers, most become electrical repair workers, painters, washers, welders and engine inspectors.

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson

click to enlarge CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • 'Why Aren't They Digging?'
  • 'Why Aren't They Digging?'

    The family of a man killed by Spokane Police in 2011 is still searching for answers
    • Jan 12, 2017
  • 'Hookerville' Revisited
  • 'Hookerville' Revisited

    Pedestrian bridge's price tag draws fire before city council vote; plus, Washington, Idaho fall short in closing the achievement gap
    • Jan 12, 2017
  • Taking a Hike
  • Taking a Hike

    Whether or not they supported the minimum wage hike, local businesses and nonprofits are scrambling to pay for it
    • Jan 12, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
Drop In & Geek Out

Drop In & Geek Out @ Spark Central

Sat., Jan. 21, 3-5 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Christian Wilson

Most Commented On

  • One Free Shave

    Donald Trump might have merited a honeymoon with voters had he managed his transition better
    • Dec 29, 2016
  • Thanks, Obama

    The legacy of the 44th President goes far beyond the election of the 45th
    • Dec 29, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

scandal


Comment


scandals


Briefs


green zone


Readers also liked…

  • Patrolling While Black
  • Patrolling While Black

    Gordon Grant's nearly 30 years as a Spokane cop have been affected by race, but that's not the whole story
    • Jul 8, 2015
  • Rushing's Rant
  • Rushing's Rant

    The Airway Heights City Council has asked the mayor to resign after posting a racist Facebook message
    • Jul 15, 2015

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation