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March 16, 2013 at 3:25 PM

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Photographing Governor Booth Gardner


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Alone in his office, Governor-elect Booth Gardner goes over his inaugural address.

It's surprising how often the best images are made at the beginning or at the end.

In January 1985, I headed to Olympia to photograph governor-elect Booth Gardner to see what he was doing and how he was spending his day preparing to lead the state.

He wasn't in the Governor's chambers yet and I saw him through an open door to his temporary office, feet up on the table, crossed, with a slight worn spot on the bottom of one shoe.

To me, it recalled, slightly, a famous photograph of Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson's worn shoe which actually had a hole in the sole.

Without heading in, I photographed through the door with a longer lens as he worked, entered and introduced myself.

He never changed his position.

He was smiling and confident and working on his inaugural speech.

For photos of Gardner through the years, visit the gallery.

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