Arts & Entertainment

Tri-City photographer zooms in on fall

If you've been to the Seahawks' Qwest Field in Seattle, you've probably noticed some familiar photographs of Eastern Washington hanging in the stadium's concourse.

Those are photos taken by the Tri-Cities' own John Clement. The Seahawks organization sought the Kennewick photographer out to shoot scenes from the east side of the state right after the stadium was completed about seven years ago.

At the time, the Seahawks' official team photographer, Corky Trewin, said Clement's photographs were an excellent representation of the sunny side of the state.

It seems that no matter what Clement sets his eyes upon through the lens of his camera, he produces eye candy for the viewer.

Clement is one of the featured artists this month at the Allied Arts Gallery in Richland. The photographs to be on display are new images in a collection titled Fall in Motion that focuses on the brilliant colors of fall.

Sharing the exhibition is Rachel Dorn of Yakima, who'll bring a collection of her unusual ceramic sculptures.

Besides about 20 vibrant-colored photographs he's taken this past year, Clement also will include images from his new books, Finding Chief Kamiakin and Where The River Bends, which are collaborations with writers Richard Scheuerman and Robert Carson.

The books are a historical pictorial of images Clement took before some of the Tri-City area was developed.

"I'm also putting the finishing touches on my first DVD, Seasons of the Northwest Drylands, with music composed by Michael Allison of Puyallup," Clement said.

He provided the photos Country Magazine used in a story about Benton City native and rising country music star James Otto. Clement's photos also were used in a Northwest Travel magazine story on the Palouse area.

"I've been writing short stories about some of the photographs I've done over the years and hope to compile them into a coffee table book about my work and love of the Northwest drylands landscape," Clement said.

He hopes to complete that project by next year.

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