Seattle Superman Jonathan Belle takes stunning must-see photos across the Emerald City

March 22, 2018

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Watch out, Metropolis. Seattle has it's own "Superman" and instead of Clark Kent flying around the city, it's photographer and designer Jonathan Belle

“Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.” - Norman Vincent Peale Photo by @bokeh.rang Suit by @thejefx • • • • • #portraitpage #gramkilla #portraitcentral #fatalframes #postthepeople #aovportraits #cosplaysky #cpcollectives #pursuitofportraits #wethecreators #facesobsessed #spacewheel #theportraitpr0ject #humanedge #createcommune #agameofportraits #vastportraits #wavemyfilm #vscoportrait #streetdreamsmag #randommagazines #seattlepulse #spacewheel #justgoshoot #capturedconcepts #acreativevisual #xelfies #seattlesuperman #blackbeardedmen #peoplescreatives

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Belle moved to Seattle in December of 2016 after quitting his job as a Union Pacific conductor in Texas. In March 2017, he commissioned @thejefx for a suit, and by October he was suited up and being photographed around Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

When you time travel back in time, do you end up in voided space because the earth always moves? Therefore putting your body where the earth -- would have been. Or do you travel with the earth back in time -- Suit by @thejefx Self portrait • • • • • #portraitpage #gramkilla #portraitcentral #creativeoptic #postthepeople #aovportraits #featuremepf #cpcollectives #pursuitofportraits #wethecreators #facesobsessed #spacewheel #theportraitpr0ject #cosplayersofinstagram #cosplay #agameofportraits #vastportraits #chocolatecitycomics #vscoportrait #pr0ject_uno #randommagazines #seattlepulse #spacewheel #blerd #capturedconcepts #acreativevisual #xelfies #seattlesuperman #blackbeardedmen #peoplescreatives

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"Superman has been my favorite hero and I always told myself I would wear [the suit> if I ever found a decent one," Belle said. "I want to inspire people and use Superman as a platform to do so."

Belle picked Seattle because it's right between Oregon and British Columbia, giving him quick access to some of the most stunning settings in the United States.

The Golden Rule. I love the principle of it. But when the latter half of that rule doesn’t come to fruition, I get disappointed. I try to do things selflessly. Like I really do. But sometimes it feels nice to get some reciprocation. And when it doesn’t happen, I get annoyed and upset. This is my goal for the month of February. To do so much stuff for others, that I will combat the feelings I have if no reciprocation is received. Getting to a point in life to have zero expectations from others isn’t easy. It’s freaking hard. But I don’t want those feelings to control my emotions. So with all that being said, happy first day to a new month ⚡️ Suit by @thejefx Self portrait • • • • #ventureonward #pnwcollective #keepitwild #upperleftusa #exploretocreate #pnwwonderland #thenwadventure #wondermore #stayandwander #wanderfolk #thatpnwlife #neverstopexploring #northwestisbest #superman #melaninpoppin #cosplayersofinstagram #cosplay #cosplaying #supermansuit #northwestcreatives #greatnorthcollective #seattlesuperman #seattlepulse #blavity #blerd #creatorsofcolor #blackcreatives #brownbohemians #seattlemodel #seattlephotographer

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"Reactions range from all spectrums from people honking and yelling 'Hey Superman!' to people trying to be slick taking photos of me without me noticing," Belle said. "Kids straight up stop crying if I happen to walk past."

Can’t keep hanging on To all that’s dead and gone If you built yourself a myth You'd know just what to give Materialize Or let the ashes fly Help me to name it. Shot by @nicksouthcote Suit by @thejefx • • • • • #seattle #seattlewa #seattlewashington #seattleblogger #seattleartist #seattlepulse #seattletimes #seattlelife #seattlecreatives #seattleliving #superman #supermancosplay #cosplay #cosplayersofinstagram #cosplaying #seattlesuperman #dccomics #blackboyjoy #blavity #afropunk #melaninpoppin #blerd #blackmagic #blacknerd #welevitate #moodygrams #expofilm #downtownseattle #manofsteel #alphablackmen

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Belle bought his first camera in 2009 and taught himself how to use it by reading magazines and DSLR for Dummies books and asking camera shop employees to look at his stuff. He went to a trade school for graphic design but wanted to do things his own way, hence the suit, which set him back about $1,200.

--Keep Hope Alive -- Self portrait ---- Suit by @thejefx • • • • • #seattlewashington #seattleartist #seattlepulse #seattlelife #seattlecreatives #superman #dccomics #supermancosplay #cosplay #cosplayersofinstagram #cosplaying #seattlesuperman #creatorsofcolor #blackboyjoy #blavity #afropunk #melaninpoppin #blerd #blackmagic #blackbeardedmen #alphablackman #blkcreatives #way2ill #heatercentral #agameoftones # #artofvisuals #keephopealive #positivequotes #positivevibes

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While Belle takes many of his own photos, he enlists friends and other photographers to shoot the stunning pictures across the Seattle urban landscape and beyond. Belle's favorite photo he ever took was the first "levitation" photo he ever naild.

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” - Albert Einstein Suit by @thejefx • • • • • #way2ill #heatercentral #agameoftones #fatalframes #artofvisuals #wondermore #thenwadventure #northwestcreatives #thatpnwlife #wanderwashington #moodygrams #portraitpage #moodyports #wethecreators #enter_imagination #thecreatorclass #exploretocreate #tangledinfilm #theimaged #lookslikefilm #ftwotw #discoverportrait #ourmoodydays #blacknerdproblems #jumpmagazine #creativegrammer #welevitate #seattlesuperman #pursuitofportraits #ps_fantasy

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"The goal is to inspire people. I am sure there are people that wish they could be or act a certain way, but are either ashamed or afraid to be made fun of," he added. "But seeing pictures of me in the suit, I want to be an example that if I can do something that is 'outrageous' and not care, so can everyone else."

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