I first met Tom in 2012, while he was playing bass with Angelo Delsenno and The Empty Sky. I photographed the band recording at London Bridge Studio a few times and at various live shows around Seattle.
This time, he contacted me about photos for his side project, Downward Facing Dude. I suggested Pioneer Square as a backdrop. The neighborhood provided us plenty of interesting surroundings, all within a three-block radius. I've always liked the exterior of Merchants Cafe, and Tom seemed like just the right person to stand in the corner of the frame. We walked through Occidental Park, and concluded the shoot on top of a 12-story parking garage on James St.