Cherry Blossom Fest

Once a year on the University of Washington campus there is a massive group of people that gather to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. It’s early April in Seattle and we are in the middle of fake spring. A week ago it was sunny and warm, now it’s back to cold and rainy.

The gathering that takes place seems to always be a spectacle of human behavior – generally as influenced by social media. The beauty of the trees blooming in the Quad is undeniable, however there are many people that are there to obtain photographs and videos of themselves in order to share on social media. What did this event feel like 20 years ago? This isn’t a post about social media – it’s just a treat to see people come outside in a city that is so often gray and rainy.

Often during this time of year, the day will be sort of dark and overcast but then around 3pm the sun will make an appearance. It’s as if the people in Seattle who are at work, all suddenly long to be out of the office and outside in the mid afternoon. The cherry blossom festival felt less like an actual festival, but more of a collective hopeful intention by Seattleites for sunshine and the emergence of spring. 

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  • Ryder Collins

    I am a photographer living in Seattle Washington that is in love with photographing those fleeting surprise moments. I have always been a people watcher, and when I picked up a camera for the first time my natural inclination was to go out on the street and photograph people. I've always been attracted to photographing the emotions of people and the oftentimes absurd nature of the human experience. At this point I am becoming most interested in visual storytelling through documentary style photography. My current work involves documenting the people of Seattle - how they live, find excitement and resiliency in this city that feels equal parts anxiety and hope.

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