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Work in progress: Murals of Seattle

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Photographer Jordan Somers captures the work that goes into making the abandoned store fronts of Seattle come alive. He has a documentary on the topic coming out in early June. Check back in for news on it’s debut.

Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian Artist, B Line Dot, painting a mural on 1st Avenue and South Jackson Street in Pioneer Square.  Flowers are among the artist’s favorite subjects to paint, particularly in a time where residents are quarantined from the outside world.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian Artist, Joey Nixx, removing tape off a completed portion of his mural on 2nd Avenue and South Main Street in Pioneer Square.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian Artist, Jaffy, taking some moments to observe and analyze his mural-in-progress on 2nd Avenue and South Main Street in Pioneer Square.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian Artist, Carol Rashawnna Williams, painting a mural filled with colorful imagery and words, reading, “Love” and “Hope.”  The mural can be found between 1st and 2nd Avenue on Washington Street in Pioneer Square.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian Artist, Rick Klu, relies solely on stream of consciousness for his murals.  Here he is completing a small portion of his mural that spans a large corner of 1st Avenue and South Main Street in Pioneer Square.
Jordan Somers B Line Dot paying meticulous attention to detail for his black and white flower mural that, when completed, is a visual feast for the eyes.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian Artist, Wakuda, placing an emphasis on life, connection, death, decay and rebirth through his fungi mural.  The mural can be seen on 1st Avenue and South Washington Street.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian The completed mural of artist Jay Mason.  Mason came to find a diverse array of reactions and interpretations of his piece.  It can be found in a discreet space between 2nd & 3rd Avenue and South Jackson Street.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian A portion of the completed mural of Victor Melendez, with Seattle’s Smith Tower in the background.  The mural can be found in an alleyway between 1st and 2nd Avenue off of South Washington Street.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian The completed mural of artist Jaffy in Pioneer square.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian The completed mural of artist Joey Nixx in Pioneer Square.
Jordan Somers | The Seattle Collegian “Take Your time,” reads the completed sloth-themed mural of artists Casey, Alexander and LordEgo1.  The mural can be found on 1st Avenue and South Washington Street.

Jordan Somers is currently in his second year of Visual Media at Seattle Central College. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary work, with a particular emphasis on social movements happening throughout the city. His 2020 documentary, Hope is Not Cancelled, was an official selection at the Local Sightings Film Festival, and won an award for best editing at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Jordan is an avid traveler when granted the opportunity, and has a keen interest in psychology and existential philosophy.

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