This weekend I went ‘full Portland’; I planted trees.
(no, not these)
Early Saturday, in the pouring rain, crews of cheerful volunteers planted nearly 300 trees. Not out of obligation, but from a genuine desire to help their neighbors and improve the environment.
I am not gifted when it comes to gardening. But as I gaze out at my new street tree, I feel oddly confident knowing that he has the support of a community behind him.
Maybe I’ve just watched too many Sci Fi movies, but I can’t help but wonder if one day soon it will be humans – not machines – obsolete, on the curb. . .
Diner Christmas Tree, Villas, New Jersey
It was nice to catch up with family this week. . . Happy Thanksgiving!
Along with a few other folks, my husband and I watched the TV series Breaking Bad. We found ourselves driving cross country the week of the finale. In the days leading up to it, we were blissfully free from media; no spoilers, no critiques, no talk of upcoming spin-offs.
It is rare these days to be alone with your thoughts. To have time to anticipate and reflect, and to gather ideas before feeling pressured to produce content.
Last weekend I went camping for the first time since childhood. (True we stayed in cabins with heat and electricity, but camping nonetheless). When I returned home I took time to edit my photographs. To separate the (hopefully) successful images from those that merely captured a nice element or memory.
And while 99% hit the cutting room floor (or hard drive, as the case may be), I take to heart Ansel Adams‘ quote that “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”
And just when I had gotten used to the browns of summer. . .
I did not grow up surrounded by mountains or valleys. I was 35 when I first witnessed “freezing fog.”
Perhaps it’s the novelty, but there is something about a misty mountain morning that feels magical (even when witnessed – half asleep – on your morning commute. . .)
As a first time homeowner, I find myself in uncharted territory. With empty wall space and no one to keep my security deposit if I drill holes.
One might think that a household with two photographers would have no problem filling the space. But for several months, the walls have sat virtually empty.
It is not because there is a lack of work to choose from. But choosing images you want to live with – and can live with, without endless self-criticism – is proving to be a struggle.
This Friday, come enjoy free FOOD and ART, two things Portland knows best!
One of my photographs will be part of Newspace Gallery’s 2014 Members’ Salon, on display Oct. 3 – Nov. 2 at Newspace Gallery, 1632 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214.
See you there!
October Events at NEWSPACE
In the Gallery – NEWSPACE Now: 2014 Members’ Salon
On Display: October 3rd – November 2nd
Join NEWSPACE in a celebration of our Members & our 12th Anniversary with NEWSPACE Now: 2014 Members’ Salon. Food carts Thrive NW and Fifty Licks will be out front serving throughout the evening and free beer from Widmer Brothers Brewing will be available inside.
Exhibited photographers include:
Rebecca Akporiaye | Zachary Archer | David Ashman | Sandra Banister | Gary Beeber | Susan Bein | Deborah Bergman | Skyra Beveridge | Ray Bidegain | Twyla Bloxham | Philip Bowser | Britt Boyles | Joyce Brekke | Eric Brody | Beth Buglione | Tony Burba | Al Burns | Cecily Caceu | Carolyn Campbell | Barry Canaday | Hannah Carlton | Calvin Chen | Larry Clark | Dennis Dean Clay | Karen Cohen | Mark Crummett | George Dunsmuir | Jody Ellis | Myron Filene | Susan Gans | Jenna Gersbach-King | Barbara Gilson | Carole Glauber | Larry Gloth | Jon Gottshall | Terry Hayden | Friderike Heuer | Joshua Hobson | Carol Isaak | Don Jacobson | Linda Jue | Ross Kaplan | Brook Kirklin | Heidi Kirkpatrick | Brian Kosoff | Jim Kushman | Fuchsia Lin | Richard Lishner | Tasia Markoff | Shannon McClatchey | Teresa McPherson | Deb Merchant | Yvonne Mestre | Jeanine Michna-Bales | Loren Minnick | Ted Mishima | Tamara Muldoon | Holly Myers | Leslie Noe | Mike O’Brien | Jenny Olsen | Luke Olsen | Audra Osborne | Jennifer Patterson | Leslie Peltz | Richard Ray | Andy Robbins | Tom Roberts | Steven Rockoff | Rich Rollins | Kerry Rowand | Arthur Ruckle | Matthew Rusnac | Isaac Sachs | Stuart Sandler | Dale Schreiner | Michael Shay | James Smith | Al Stern | Sean Steward | Jiehao Su | Pete Suttner | Don Tanedo | Robert Voltz | James Wade | Pistol Wish | Megan Zabel Holmes
At this time last year, I was moving. Packing boxes, loading the dog into the car, and driving west.
In Portland, I have found myself reconnecting with simple pleasures – food, fresh air, conversation. Never more than a few blocks from a farmer’s market or a vegan bakery. Making eye contact with strangers – neighbors – and saying hello.
It feels almost like slowly exhaling, after years of holding your breath.
And like a perfect place to call home.