Each year in December the King Tides return in the Pacific Northwest and slight flooding of our shoreline appears. King tides occur when the orbits and alignment of the Earth, moon, and sun combine to produce the greatest tidal effects of the year. This year was no different and I ventured out to Alki Beach Park in West Seattle to capture some photos you can see below. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Matt McDonald (@equalmotion)
The first movie I remember seeing was Empire Strikes Back and I recall my tiny brain being blown by the fact a tiny green dude was the master Luke was looking for. From that point on I have always been a fan of Yoda and he is my all-time favorite character. I even refer to him as pop culture Buddha sometimes. When the Mandalorian came on the scene and Grogu was introduced that childhood joy returned and I really dove into creating art around the two characters for some toy promos and for the ToyPhotographers.com website. Take a look at some of my favorite creations below and stay tuned for more!
I started noticing wildfire smoke in the skyline in Bellingham in 2011. It was just a little bit of haze at that point from a massive wildfire in Siberia. Over the years the wildfire smoke has gotten worse from fires in British Columbia and California. By 2016, nearly every summer had pretty bad wildfire smoke for a week or two. In 2022, the wildfire smoke is due to a fire on this side of the mountains the Bolt Creek Fire, and Seattle has been covered in smoke for over a month. On October 16th, 2022 it was nearly 80 degrees in Seattle and the smoke was so thick you could see shadows from it under the Aurora Bridge, which was a first. As a former photojournalist who still enjoys documenting the world around me I have been capturing photos each smoke season in Seattle and you can see some of them below. I am not happy about this new normal on the west coast and really hope somehow this trend gets reversed, but that might be reckless optimism on my behalf.
I have had Port Towsend on my mind for the past couple of months and I got to see all the hard work pay off last weekend at @THINGnw. I helped promote the festival via @Do206, built the THING website, and even ran socials for the festival for a bit. Excited to see what @stgpresents has in store next. AND I also launched the new The Swan Hotel Port Townsend website Tuesday. Here are some photos looking back at last weekend in Port Townsend. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Do206.com (@do206)
Spring in Seattle is beautiful. The pink colorful version comes in small waves though with the plum blossoms going first, then the cherry blossoms at the Quad at UW, and then the rest of the neighborhood trees showing off their spring colors. Here are a few of my favorite spring colors in Seattle photos.
I started making May the Fourth be with you content for fun a few years back and now I am creating small marketing campaigns for Star Wars Day each year. It’s a fun way to get creative, to say the least. My first creation was making an animation of the Space Needle using one of my time lapses. From there I have created all kinds of content like Yoda enjoying pizza and beer to celebrate and unraveling a mandarin orange using the force. And the past two years I have created fun photos with Grogu with my dogs and created a little story to go around it on the Toy Photographers website. The Seattle burger joint Dicks even featured one of my photos. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dick's Drive-In Restaurants (@dicksdrivein) The Seattle Times featured my Amazon Death Star photo even. I have really enjoyed this process of working with toys to create organic marketing photos that spread through social media to help promote a product, movie, or TV show. If you are interested in finding a unique way to promote your business don’t hesitate to reach out.
It started snowing in Seattle the day after Christmas and the snow did not clear for over a week. Since I am living on the border of Wallingford and Fremont each day I took a walk through the neighborhoods with my camera and my trusty photo assistance Charlie. Since I didn’t do a blog post from the Feb snow storm in Seattle I also included some of those photos below. Take a look at the photos of Seattle covered in the snow below and enjoy!
I love working with the people at Seattle Made. I help them with their website, they are an advertiser at Do206.com, I capture photos at their events and create videos about their community. For Seattle Made Week 2021 I captured several videos of their community for a production series you can see below. Seattle Made Production Video Series Seattle Made Tour Photos I also captured photos of the Seattle Made Tour and tasting at the Rooftop Brewing / Ladro Roasting facility and at Fast Penny in Seattle. You can see some of those photos below.
At the end of 2020 I ventured to Life On Mars in Capitol Hill in Seattle to capture photos of Dr. Amy Lindsey and KEXP DJ John Richards for their new podcast. The DR & the DJ is a podcast about the power of music, health, & community hosted by DR Amy Lindsey & DJ John Richards. Amy & John share their own experiences in the pursuit of their own health & the health of their communities and chat with musicians, authors, doctors, & more along the way. The Podcast officially launched today and you can learn more about it HERE.
I love murals and public art. I love it so much I even created a guide of all the public art I capture photos of in Seattle you can view over at Do206.com HERE. Recently King County Metro reached out to me to see if they could use my photos for their Martin Luther King Jr Day posters and I said yes. What seperated my photos from others is I took the time to remove vents from on the walls and signs in front of the murals, so the eyes will focus on the work of the artists. You can view both the murals below and what King County Metro created.