June 4, 2013

China "Meats" Largest American Pork Processor

We knew this global meat gallery would come in handy someday. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article is about China buying up large American meat companies to accommodate their growing population...
...Now check out Jim Mueller's photos of meat markets in China and other countries. Take note, you will see rusty hooks and other slightly graphic imagery...

December 20, 2012

Arirang Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea

 Students conduct the Grand Mass Gymnastics Artistic Performance in honor of Kim II Sung and Kim Jong II, every April in Pyongyang. Only as recently as 2007 were foreigners allowed to enjoy the show. Jim photographed the event in 2009 and the images capture enough detail to see the countless faces of the performers. How cool would it be to see these printed extra large?!



February 7, 2012

Shi Shi Beach, Olympic Nation Park

'It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again,' wrote John Steinbeck in The Log from the Sea of Cortez.  Tide pools are home to starfish, sea anemones and all kinds of marine invertebrates. The rocky pools are found in the intertidal zone also know as the seashore. Tide pools experience a variety of conditions including full sun or complete submersion under water, depending on the weather or tide. The life forms that can reside in these tough conditions use survival techniques like cloning and regeneration; this could be why they are of such interest to marine biologists.

Three rediscovered rolls of Kodachrome film were taken by Jim Mueller during his adventures to Shi Shi Beach in 1978, 1979 and 1980. Shi Shi is a crescent shape area located on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. It isn't easy to get to- there are steep trails, bogs, boardwalks and bridges to navigate for access to the sandy beaches. Shi Shi is a famously beautiful part of the Olympic National Forest and is a go-to place for tide poolers, bird watchers and explorers. 

August 6, 2011

Vintage Blue Angels Photography

This new gallery has photos taken by Don Mueller that show aircraft details, vapor trails and aerobatics. Black and white 35mm and medium format film, taken with an original Leica camera.

Blue Angels Photography 1950-1961

August 3, 2011

Blue Angels Photography and Information

King County International Airport
Community Notice
Seattle/Tukwila/Renton metropolitan area residents may experience temporary increases in aircraft noise levels from SEAFAIR celebration events and military fly-overs during the first week of August 2011.  Please note the following dates and times:
August 1                8:10 a.m. Blue Angel no. 7 aircraft arrives
August 1                12 and 1:30-3 p.m. Blue Angel no. 7 conducts media flights 
August 2                Blue Angel team arrival along with other air show aircraft
August 3                12 p.m. Blue Angel media flights
                             1:45-2:30 military aircraft fly over the Parade of Ships on Elliott Bay
August 4                Air show practice flights:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
1:20 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
August 5                Air show practice flights:
                             1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m.
August 6                Air show performance:  1:30-3 p.m.
August 7                Air show performance:  1:30-3 p.m.
August 9                Mid-morning, Blue Angel team will depart
The Blue Angels are headquartered at the Museum of Flight and sponsored by Seattle SEAFAIR, whose number is 206-728-0123.
NOTE:  SEAFAIR’s military air show involves a variety of aircraft and operational times; and not all aircraft originate from KCIA. 
Times are subject to change; check local newspapers and broadcast media during the week of August 1-9.

Go to full Gallery: Blue Angels

June 3, 2011

Ode to Leaning Shed

Dear Leaning Shed, you did lean
Old photos of you, I did clean
You stood until you stood no more
You’re faded color I did restore  
But not too much, not too much at all
Going over the top can result in a fall

These images were taken with Kodachrome slide film. Like Leaning Shed, Kodachrome suffered a long and steady decline. Manufactured by Kodak from the 1930’s until 2009, it was pretty much the only film to ever use complex, K-14 processing which is subtractive. The film is coated with three layers of ordinary black-and-white silver halide gelatin emulsion, each layer sensitive to 1/3 of the color spectrum basically red, blue and green. Each layer of color is processed and the emulsion washed away leaving only pure color particles. Red, blue and green color spectrums, all separated…sound familiar? Digital RGB is a virtual representation of this same principle. Poetic isn’t it?

May 31, 2011

There was a man that photographed everything, all the time.

Don Mueller has left this world, but his photographs remain.

Pictures of family or everyday life can become documentary insights to our culture when viewed in the right way.  

In the spirit of all things interesting, these are some of those photos.

About halfway to Christmas seems like a good time to take in these curious images of Christian youth in the 60’s.

Jim Mueller sits among other kids in the United Church Choir in the small town of Hot Springs, South Dakota