Low Res is a series of brief artist residencies on the Waterfront, asking artists across multiple disciplines to respond to the site. Low Res is a project of Waterfront Seattle and the Office of Arts & Culture.
Johnson is a photographer and teacher with a long interest in Northwest landscapes and economies. His Sawdust Mountain, exploring the timber industry, showed at the Henry Art Gallery 2009-2010. He shot the waterfront from a kayak, showing seawall construction, the existing piers, the viaduct, and the cityscape beyond pressed into a single plain combining long history with the waterfront's current transformation.
Alice Wheeler has been shooting Seattle people and landscapes since the 1980s. Her photography of figures in the punk and grunge scenes are canonical Seattle portraits. For her Low Res project she shot cityscapes at dawn and dusk, contrasting the modern piers and marinas with Belltown views which preserve aspects of that neighborhood's tougher past.
Low Res photography artists were was selected by Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director of Photo Center NW.