Northwest NEWS

March 22, 1999


Photo exhibit features salmon

   by Deborah Stone, features writer

   "Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People" is a stunning new exhibit of forty-three photographs by Seattle photographer Natalie Fobes that captures the life cycle of the endangered Pacific salmon and their battle for survival.

   Currently on view at Odyssey, The Maritime Discovery Center, on Pier 66, this exhibit takes a behind-the-scenes look at the native peoples whose cultures rely upon the salmon as sources of food and ceremony. Environmental issues are also presented within the photographs to emphasize their impact on the salmon population today.

   Fobes spent ten years documenting these fish in their natural habitat. Underwater, often in frigid temperatures, she photographed salmon from the egg stage through adulthood and the spawning process. Her work took her to parts of Japan, Russia, Canada, and the U.S., from one side of the Pacific to the other.

   Fobes is a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Natural History, Audubon, Newsweek, and the Seattle Times publications. "Reaching Home" has been on tour since late 1995, most recently at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California.

   Odyssey, The Maritime Discovery Center, opened last summer and is the West Coast's first interpretive center devoted to contemporary maritime and marine activities. Located on Seattle's waterfront, it is a state-of-the-art facility with innovative, hands-on exhibits focussing on trade, shipping, fishing, marine recreation, and environmental activities. The building's dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the Seattle harbor and provide visitors a close-up view of daily marine traffic at one of the busiest ports in the country.

   Kids especially find Odyssey a fun place to explore. They can take a virtual kayak journey through Elliott Bay, pilot a container ship through Puget Sound using a video simulation, play an interactive video game to load containers from truck to ship, hear real-time Coast Guard traffic, climb aboard a small fishing boat, and discover where the fish we eat comes from, how it's caught, and what it's like to be a fisherman on the North Pacific seas.

   A deck on top of the roof offers telescopes for visitors to look out onto Puget Sound. Odyssey is open daily from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through April 30. For details, call 206-374-4000.