It’s Week 14, and the Vikings are heading west to face the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. The team last visited Seattle in Week 2 of the 2017 preseason. Vikings Instagram Group is back to show all the beautiful sights the city has to offer.
Vikings Instagram Group is a collective of photos that show the unique aspects of each city the team visits. In its third season, V.I.G. has a new collection of photographers who are excited to show off their cities. This year, we asked V.I.G. contributors to use two cleats in their shots, one for the Vikings and one for the respective opponent.
Seattle is well known for its often-photographed landmarks, such as the Space Needle and Public Market Center. This week’s V.I.G. contributor is Seattle-native photographer Caean Couto, who wanted to show the city beyond its famous landmarks. We caught up with Caean to learn about what he captured.
The Vikings Instagram group took over Seattle to get set for the Vikings matchup on Monday.
What’s your Instagram handle? Tell us about what you like to shoot.
My Instagram handle is @CaeanCouto. I’m a photojournalist primarily! I love working on human-interest stories or covering news events such as protests, marches, political work. Besides my photojournalism, I am passionate about portraiture and street photography – but I end up doing a lot of sports, too.
In your own creative way, describe Seattle in 5 words or fewer.
Much friendlier than people say.
Give us an explanation of what/where you photographed and why.
All the areas I photographed are places that Seattle natives will recognize and have passed by in our daily lives – places such as the courts in Capitol Hill, the streets of Pioneer Square, the Freeway Park. I wanted to show the parts of my city that we actually spend time around. No one hangs out in the Space Needle – I was born here, and I’ve never even gone up.
What’s one place you would recommend going to while visiting Seattle?
Capitol Hill is a must in my opinion. There’s never really a bad time to go there. The streets are beautiful, the nightlife is great, there’s awesome restaurants all about and things are active and fun during the daytime and the week.
What was your favorite part about contributing to the Vikings Instagram group?
I love having creative freedom. It was a lot more fun being able to plot out locations I felt were important rather than having to get images in front of the same old landmarks you always see. I put a few in there, but they’re the ones you’ll pass by just living in the city!
The Vikings and Seahawks will square off at 7:15 p.m. (CT) Dec. 10 on Monday Night Football.