It’s been a complete thrill to see this project come together so quickly, ever since I was asked by Northwest Review in February if I’d like to do a book of my Portland photographs from the past several years, showing the streets as we now find them.
The photos are a combination of ones that I’ve posted on Instagram and on Sanslartigue, and some that have never been published before. It’s a personal observation of Portland, a city that I’ve had connections to my entire life, and it’s been home for the last 32 years. Portland was already in a housing crises when COVID hit, and life on the street now includes recreation, socializing, and dining options for the housed, and the unfortunate only option for living for the un-housed. I’ve tried to leave judgement to others, but want people to look at what is here. And it is probably the same where you are.
For those of you wanting more of my photos on a daily basis, you can always find me on Instagram by the link at the bottom of this page! Those photos are always different from those posted here. Here on Sanslartigue can be photos that are weeks, months and years old, while my Instagram photos are much more current, sometimes same day, but usually less than a week old. And they are almost all taken with my first generation iPhone SE. It’s getting old, so there may be a new phone in my future, but for now I love the size and resolution of the SE. They are typically processed with Snapseed.
Back in February, the editor / publisher of Northwest Review, which has published some of my photographs over the past several issues, approached me about doing a book of my photos. He was interested in doing a book that would show Portland, Oregon as it is today, that I’ve been showing on my Instagram posts and Sanslartigue. I started pulling photos from my files and covering the dining room table.
Black and White photos, covering the past five years or so. What I’ve seen in our neighborhood, downtown, and elsewhere in the city where I’ve lived for 32 years, and have had connections to for 65 years. Not the Portland of Fox News, but the Portland that I’ve seen. Mostly digital, some film. A lot from my phone, but a lot from various cameras. Many that I’ve posted to Instagram, some from Sanslartigue, and some that I haven’t posted before.
I’ll share more details in the coming weeks!
These next images are a bit grainy and out of focus, but I kind of like the results. They are both scans of the negatives.
Picking up from yesterday’s conversation, I’ve made an attempt to reduce the pinkish hue in yesterday’s image. The shadows on the truck are now whiter.
This photo was published in Shots Spring 2021 Issue. The theme is Celestial Bodies.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram you know that I’ve been walking our neighborhood here in Portland, Oregon during the pandemic this past year. Vintage cars and vintage garages have been some of my favorite subjects, so getting a photo of a Comet published as a Celestial Body seems entirely appropriate! And there’s a selfie in the bumper.
For those of you who haven’t found me on Instagram, you can find the link below. Those photos are entirely different from the ones posted here. They are also entirely taken on my phone.
A couple years ago I shared a photo adventure that was a bit out of character for Sanslartigue, but to refresh your memories, you can find it here.
This time, I’ve taken out my father’s Pentax MV that I inherited when he passed away several years ago. His camera bag included a zoom lens and four rolls of Kodak Max 400 ASA color print film, “best used by 02/2006”. I shot one of the rolls with the camera set for 150 ASA, and probably could have slowed it down a bit further, judging by the prints that came back from the lab. I’ve scanned the prints and made some minor adjustments, and will share some of them here over the next week.
There’s still my old Minolta X700 that I’ve borrowed back from my daughter that I can’t wait to try, probably with the 2 rolls of Ferrania P30 that I bought several weeks ago!