I no longer live in Portland, but I like to go up there from time to time to photowalk. Saturday morning I bulk loaded four canisters of film (I only shot three) and packed my Canon EOS 10s with a few lenses and took a trip to the big city.
I have been photographing PDX for for 15 or 20 years. I think Portland is in a transitional phase at the moment. The corona pandemic has hit every major city pretty hard, Portland is no exception. There has also been several political protests over the last couple of years which has left downtown in something of a shambles. Windows are boarded up, graffiti is painted on the walls, and even statues and sculptures were torn down. Yet there are still tourists walking around. When it comes to my street photography, I prefer not to include people as a subject. I like to have people as background.
I photowalked around a couple of neighborhoods, these are my usual stomping grounds. Some pictures are pretty, many aren’t.
South Park Blocks
I can’t wait to head back for another day of shooting.