2020 has been a very odd year to say the least. Luckily the cycles of nature are still normal and I was able to give my brain a break and venture around Seattle to capture photos of all the fall colors. This year I tried to span out of the same old spots and find some new ones, which was a lot of fun. If you are looking for spots to view the fall colors in Seattle you can view a few in my Do206 Guide Here.
I used to cover protests as a photojournalist for The Bellingham Herald and have always captured photos of local marches for causes I believe in. The video of the death of George Floyd brought me to tears and it made sense for me to put my skillset to use even though I don’t work for a publication anymore. Below are photos from the cleanup efforts in downtown Seattle after the first night of protests that turned into riots. Photos from that evening were used for weeks to portray Seattle in a negative light in certain media outlets. That is what motivated me to do more personal coverage of the protests. People needed to see what was really happening. After that for over 10 days protestors and the Seattle Police clashed in front of the East Precinct. The City of Seattle decided to abandon the precinct and protesters were able to freely walk up the street. Below is the first walk up Pine Street in Capitol Hill after the Police blockade went away on June 8th. I had to run so hard to get ahead of the march I nearly got sick, but this photo was worth it. After I captured […]
The classic pink Elephant Car Wash sign along Denny Way is still there. Although it is not spinning as of late. This sign is still one of the most photographed icons in Seattle, this neon rotating pink elephant has been making Seattle nights brighter since 1956, six years earlier than the neighboring Space Needle was built.
The Seattle Selfie Museum is officially open for business in Post Alley right by Pike Place Market. It was fun to goof around with my buddy Corey (yeah, that’s us riding giant crayons) and capture some different photos than what everyone else was doing. It costs $29 on weekdays and $34 on weekends for a full hour of photo action. Take a look at some of the photos below and if you want to go shoot at the museum don’t hesitate to reach out. I already have ideas for new photos.
On May 28, 2019 I was walking my dog along the Seattle waterfront and saw a whale. It was the first time I have seen a whale in Washington and if you know me you know I was super excited. I spent the next 15-20 minutes watching it swim across Elliot Bay. I lost sight of the whale and it resurfaced near the ferry route. I saw a ferry go by it and thought it had hit it at first, but figured it was a distance / compression effect from the lens. Sadly, it turns out the ferry ran over the whale. I did see it breach a couple times after that and then it disappeared. Super sad to say the least. You can watch my interview with KOMO HERE View The photos in People Magazine and The Seattle Times.
Snow took over Seattle and Western Washington during February 2019 and I ventured out to capture all of the chaos and beauty. You can view a bunch of my photos from the snow storm below and see even more over at Do206.com HERE.
I walked the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the new 99 Tunnel with some friends on Feb. 2, 2019. It was amazing to see the difference between the two structures and will be interesting to see how the change affects Seattle in the coming months. Below you can see some of my photos from the recent adventure in Seattle.
I ventured to Myrtle Edwards Park to capture some photos and a time-lapse videos of the “Let There Be Light” art installation in Seattle. “Let There Be Light” is be a celebration of the Seattle waterfront, it’s history, it’s people, and it’s light shining the way into the future. The art on the Pier 86 Grain Terminal featured two different projection art installations from Northwest artists. The series is running from Dec 11 – Dec 21st, 2019. Learn more about the event HERE.
Every fall and winter when the fog rolls into Seattle I watch every webcam to make sure I don’t miss when the fog hits the right spot. 2018 was no different and I woke up before sunrise for nearly 7 days straight to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I ventured to Kerry Park, West Seattle and Capitol Hill to try and find that perfect vantage point. I think my favorite shot of this fall Pacific Northwest fog season was the singular Space Needle shot with the Olympics in the background. Hoping we will get some more foggy sunrises and sunsets before the year ends. Some of these photos edited into to timelapses-videos will debut in an upcoming documentary about the Space Needle as well. A few of my favorite photos below.
For years I have driven past Sam Smith Park in Seattle and never really explored it. Thanks to a random day off in the middle of the week I ventured to the park and it is now officially one of my favorite places for fall color photos and to just hangout. I also found a couple of small skate spots and cruised through the tunnel to the other side to view I-90.