I’ve been wanting to do a series of portraits using my Holga and have been working on it half-heartedly for the past year. I’m not very good at asking people if I can take their portrait so I’ve let a lot of opportunities slip by. But I can usually count on my photography friends to say yes. So here is a small series of portraits that I took the day I got my Woodblak camera (which I shared with you last week). These were all taken at Cathedral Park in St. Johns, Portland.
As I was finishing up the roll I had a problem with winding the film and something weird ended up happening to my camera, which resulted in the light leak. I am really hoping I didn’t break my camera!
Regardless, I am pleased with how these turned out and I really want to do more of them.
Down the street from Powell’s City Of Books in Portland, Oregon, is this odd sculpture of bikes piled on tiered concrete with a gold bike on the very tip top of a pole. It turns out that this is both a sculpture and a place where people can lock their bikes for Zoobomb.
Zoobomb started in the early 2000s. It’s a weekly activity in which bike riders meet at the Portland Zoo (which is up on a hill over looking the city. Then the bikes are ridden fast down the hill to the meetup spot (the sculpture) were they can do this again (and again). The sculpture serves as both a monument to Portland’s bike culture, and a place to keep kid’s bikes locked up until the next Zoobomb.
The Edgefield used to be the Multnomah County Poor Farm. It seems strange that poor farms actually existed at one time. I’ve heard “poor farm” used as an expression but to actually see this place in person and see evidence of it’s existence is strange.
The place itself is enormous. It is a campus of countless pubs tucked away in nooks in crannies. There are several restaurants. There is a golf course. There is a vineyard. There is a movie theater (where you can have dinner and a beer while watching the movie!). This place is also an outdoor concert venue. Art is everywhere.
Saturday’s blog post left me with all sorts of emotions and weirdness. I need to get it off of my home screen. I am not in the mood to write lately so here is a photo for you. I took this at Portland’s Japanese Gardens a few weeks ago.
I’ve been doing very well with my goal of shooting a roll of black and white film a week and developing it. This particular roll is the discontinued Fuji Neopan 400.
Fun day yesterday! We were craving food from our favorite Food Carts in Portland so we made the drive to the big city. I enjoyed something different, a turkey, cranberry, & arugula crepe. It was delicious but not as good as my favorite, Smoked Salmon and arugula. Afterward we took a walk to the top of Mt. Tabor where we found the statue, pictured above. When we walked back down we found a playground with fantastic old-school playground equipment. One of them was a merry-go-round. So the mister and I took a spin. It was fun.