Face the Future

Face the Future | Seabrook, WA | 2013

Some Seattle families spend summers in Seabrook, an almost too-perfect community of vacation homes on the Washington coast. Years ago, the development’s managers installed artful plywood “cutouts” to amuse the kids. Tykes and teens put their faces in the holes and had photos snapped of their fantasy personas. One day, we discovered that peering through the holes in reverse had its own fantastical function — as a window to the future. Framed by the cutouts’ faceless heads was a clearcut vision of a clearcut forest. A swath of tree stumps and forest slash would soon be the site of new homes, new businesses, new dreams. Two years later, the cutouts had vanished. But the vision of what was to come? True, all true.