I live in the Fremont Neighborhood of Seattle, so I have captured a couple photos of a troll in the past. With that being said I was excited to hear about Thomas Dambo’s “Northwest Trolls: Way of the Bird King” art installation coming to the Pacific Northwest. These art pieces are created out of recycled materials, which makes them even cooler in my opinion. That being said here are some photos of the Northwest Trolls. The Ballard Troll in front of the Nordic Museum The West Seattle Troll at Lincoln Park – Brun Idun Bainbridge Island Troll – Pia The Peacekeeper Here’s some video on my Instagram account as well.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.