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Megan Farmer

Photographer

Year started with KUOW: 2017

Megan joined KUOW as a photographer in 2017. Previously, she worked for newspapers including the Omaha World-Herald in Omaha, NE, the Post-Star in Glens Falls, NY, and the Daily-Times in Farmington, NM. Originally from the Finger Lakes region of New York state, Megan studied photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she graduated in 2013. 

From left, Ian Stobie and Zach Kaczmarek of Puyallup listen to speakers during a March For Our Rights pro gun rally on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Washington state capitol in Olympia.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Over 1,000 people gathered on the steps of the Washington state capitol on Saturday for a 'March For Our Rights' pro-gun rally. 

Ethan Kent, 26, uses a cart to transport his belongings as well as the belongings of friends away from a Ravenna encampment where he had been living for roughly a month and a half, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Charlie Blackwood was running off three hours of sleep and seven cups of coffee when he packed up his belongings. He had been living with seven other people in a plot of woods in Ravenna, in northeast Seattle, when city crews arrived with trucks and shovels to clear it out.

Rene Reynoso, left, and Cheyenne Reynoso, right, embrace on the bunk bed in their tiny home on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Licton Springs Tiny House Village on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

The Licton Springs Tiny House Village on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle differs from the other city-authorized homeless encampments

Of the six sanctioned camps, it's the only low-barrier site, meaning residents don't have to be sober to live in one of the tiny homes — spaces 8 feet by 12 feet with windows, heat, electricity and a locking door. 

Aurora, formerly the Seattle Speedway, is a relic from the early days when the city dreamed that free and easy travel by car would open its boundaries and attract people to its center.

Gregory Pleasant, 17, center, and Elijah Lewis, 18, right, raise their fists in the air before the start of March For Our Lives Seattle on Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

It was a great awakening – thousands of people, many of them teens and preteens, marched through Seattle on Saturday morning. They joined tens of thousands more across the country calling for laws that would curb gun violence.

Aleah Vo places cherry blossoms in Katherine Nguyen's hair before taking a photograph on Monday, March 19, 2018, on the University of Washington campus, in Seattle.
KUOW photo/Megan Farmer

It's that time of year again. Large crowds gathered on Monday to photograph the blossoming cherry trees at the quad on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

Master David F. Leong Dragon & Lion Group members perform during the Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in the Chinatown-International District in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Large crowds gathered in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District on Sunday to welcome the year of the dog during the Lunar New Year celebration. 

Jeff Bezos laughs while touring The Spheres, which opened on Monday, January 29, 2018, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

On Monday, Amazon officially opened The Spheres, the newest addition to the company’s downtown campus. Inside, there are over 40,000 plants from all over the world. 


Raven Healing sings with Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Washington group members during the Women's March on Saturday, January 20, 2018, on Pine St., in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Tens of thousands of people took to Seattle streets Saturday for the Women's March 2.0. A stream of demonstrators was already heading towards central Seattle at 9 a.m., an hour before the scheduled start.

Fai Mathews makes her way from Garfield high school to Westlake Park during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, January 15, 2018, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Thousands gathered on Monday, January 15, 2018, to participate in the 50th anniversary Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. An opportunity fair, workshops and a rally preceded the march at Garfield High School. Demonstrators marched from Garfield to Westlake Park. 

Kai Kao plays a virtual reality game on Friday, November 17, 2017, at Portal Virtual Reality Arcade and Lounge in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

"When you put on the goggles, you really are transported to whatever environment and world the developer has created for you," Tim Harader said. "Your mind just accepts it."

Rafaelle Del Pesce, 9, looks toward the sun during the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, at the Pacific Science Center on 2nd Ave., in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

As a round-up to 2017, we had our KUOW photographer Megan Farmer pick out some of the most memorable moments she captured. 

They paint a picture of a region that grew, grieved, fought and celebrated together. 

Make sure to follow @KUOW on Instagram to see more in the coming year.

Members of the DuPont community gather to listen to mayor Mike Courts during a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at DuPont City Hall in DuPont.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Members of the DuPont community gathered Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil, organized by Cub Scout Pack #472 and Boy Scout Troop #472, to honor the victims of the derailed Amtrak train. 

Allison Adams is shown through a foggy window as she works on her laptop at Storyville Coffee on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, on 1st Ave., in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

A warm front has brought lots and lots of rain to Seattle and surrounding areas this week. The weather is expected to continue through the weekend. Photographer Megan Farmer captured these shots around the Rainy City. 

The sunset is shown from a suspended scaffolding below the new rotating restaurant in the Space Needle on Monday, November 6, 2017, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Construction on the first phase of the Space Needle's Century Project will be complete in May of 2018. When the project is done, the 55-year-old landmark will feature the first ever rotating restaurant with a glass floor.

“It’ll just be you and the view,” said Karen Olson, chief marketing officer for the Space Needle. 

Davis Shoulders, center, dances as Rise Up! Action Band member Adrienne Kerr plays the saxophone on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, during a rally at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Activists packed Seattle City Hall Wednesday night to testify in front of lawmakers and demand an end to the removal of unauthorized homeless camps.  

Many of those who spoke also support a proposed business tax that would raise funds to help combat homelessness.

Petula Lou of Bellevue stands with other protesters outside of the Hyatt Regency where Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at the Washington Policy Center's annual gala on Friday, October 13, 2017, in Bellevue.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Hundreds gathered outside of the Hyatt Regency hotel on Bellevue Way on Friday, October 13 to protest Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who was speaking at the Washington Policy Center's annual gala. 

Tiffany Hicks places her hand on her newborn son Elijah as he sleeps on Sunday, September 3, 2017, in their room at Mary's Place in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Tiffany Hicks rode a Greyhound bus for four and a half days to get to Seattle. Her brother had recently moved here and said there were jobs. 

Nikk Dakota of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe walks into the Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration at Daybreak Star Cultural Center on Monday, October 9, 2017, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Seattle celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday with a march from Westlake Park to Seattle City Hall.

"It means we're still here and I'm proud," said Frieda Eide, an Alaskan native and member of the Tlingit Tribe. "I'd like to see more involvement with other communities joining together and acknowledging whose land we're on." 

Lillian Rockett, 4, laughs as she is pushed on a circular swing on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym in Bellevue.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Kirkland parents Shirley and Martin Sarmiento-Blaha were looking for a gymnasium for their six-year-old twin boys.

Their sons are on the autism spectrum. The gyms they found were too overwhelming for the boys.

Light shines through a poster with a photograph of a displaced child as students from Morningside Academy gather around the Forced From Home exhibit on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the South Lake Union Discovery Center in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

As the Trump administration plans to reduce the number of refugees entering the country, Doctors Without Borders wants to show you just what it's like to be driven out of your home, and forced to find a new place to live. 

The Luminata lantern parade begins with a performance on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Green Lake in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Lanterns of all colors, shapes and sizes illuminated Green Lake on Thursday for the Luminata lantern parade. The parade, hosted by the Fremont Arts Council, signifies the autumn equinox and the beginning of fall. 

An Alaskan Copper Works employee walks in the  warehouse on Friday, September 8, 2017, in front of a mural painted by artists Blaine Fontana, Sneke, Hews and APaul, along the Sodo Track, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

The second summer of painting is complete for the Sodo Track mural project, with 26 artists painting on 14 properties.

The project, when complete after next summer, will consist of over 50 artists from all over the world, with painted murals relating to one common theme – motion.

Aaliyah Konick, a senior at Nova, poses for a portrait on Thursday, September 7, 2017, outside of Nova high school in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

“Punk isn’t dead,” said Mariam Elbortoukaly, a sophomore at The Nova Project, an alternative Seattle high school in the Central District.

Ayush Jakhotia, 7, left, watches the solar eclipse with his grandmother, Radha Jakhotia, right, on Monday, August 21, 2017, from Gas Works Park, in Seattle. KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Even the cynical couldn't resist the eclipse on Monday morning. 

The temperature dropped precipitously here in Seattle, and the light turned the colors rich and dark — like an Instagram filter IRL. 

Suham Albayati, right, originally from Baghdad, arranges items on her table at the Kent East Hill Farmer's Market on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Morrill Meadows Park in Kent.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

It's not easy to find quality produce in the East Hill neighborhood in Kent. For the low-income immigrants who live in the community, it's a trek to ride a bus or walk to and from a grocery store.

So Living Well Kent came up with the idea to start a farmer's market. Once a month the community-led organization partners with groups like Washington's Tilth Alliance to offer organic produce and locally made crafts.

Katherine Banwell of our Race and Equity team visited the market recently and has this audio postcard.


An immigrant detainee knits at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

President Trump’s vow to crack down on illegal immigration has focused renewed attention on the detention centers built to hold immigrants awaiting deportation.


Mike Heath, left, laughs  as Blue Collar Tattoo owner Sean Ewan cleans his arm before tattooing a tribute to Metallica, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Bremerton, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Tattoo parlors tend to cluster near the Navy base in Bremerton. And indeed, a good chunk of the work done there is nautical in nature.

But it’s not all octopuses and anchors.

Santa Anigo, 30, poses for a portrait during a rally at Westlake Park on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Seattle, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

On Sunday morning, two Seattle police officers responded to a reported burglary. That call ended in the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles, an African-American mother of four.

Just days after, black women in the city are feeling the impact. 

A large crowd marches on Montlake Blvd. after a vigil honoring Charleena Lyles was held at Solid Ground Brettler Family Place on Tuesday, June 19, 2017, in Seattle, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Hundreds of people gathered in Seattle’s Magnuson Park Tuesday night to remember Charleena Lyles, the 30-year-old black woman who was fatally shot by Seattle police on Sunday.