Once again I must apologize as this is far overdue, but alas, here I am with a reflection on a truly wonderful and unforgettable event. I hope you enjoy!
The city of Seattle is known for many things; coffee, quirky neighborhoods, passionate (and sometimes bandwagon) sports fans, rainy days and grey skies, but snow? Not so much. However, on January 12th eighty-one tons of fresh snow were trucked in from the Cascade mountains in an effort to create a world record-breaking snow day event smack dab in the middle of Seattle Center.
I was invited to attend and document the day with the some of my favorite Seattle mobile photographers; Bridgette, Barbro, Rachel & Brad. The beginning of the day started out with building snow forts, which would be later used for protection during the epic snowball fight. We spent the day photographing teams, battling the beautiful and very bright sun to capture great snow day moments, and running inside the center house to warm up and charge our mobile devices.
It was a little after 5pm when the controlled chaos began. I was dressed for the cold weather (the temperature was below freezing) but didn’t even think about flying balls of frozen ice. Thankfully the event organizers provided us with snazzy eye protection (although it’s safe to say a helmet probably would’ve been helpful as well.)
Snowballs began flying even before all of the attendees were in. Once the attendance announcement was made and we were given safety instructions followed by the go, the next 90 seconds were all about keeping your head low and throwing snowballs as fast as you could. During this time I was with my friend and fellow photographer, Bridgette pinned along the front stairs. In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea since that was smack dab in the middle and right in the front, but we stayed pretty clear for the most part. The Guinness world record officiate then made his way to the main stage and announced that we had indeed broken the record with 5,834 snowball participants present.
Needless to say, it was an event I will never forget. I personally love everything about Guinness and world records and have always wanted to be a part of events like it since I was a small child. It’s about being a part of history and just having fun in your community! What better way to connect, then in a unique situation with over 5,000 other Seattleites and Washingtonians.
Check out some of my photos from the day (below) and the We Are Juxt blog for a kick ass write-up and more pictures.
Until next time friends!
XO – Michaela
Inceptiongram by Bridgette: Me, Barbro & Rachel