I have never done this before, but I signed up to participate in a photography contest called PDX Squared put on by The American Society of Media Photographers. This Friday and Saturday I will join 69 other photographers who will be given random spots to photograph four square miles of Portland. The event kicks off Friday at 2 pm and all participants have 24 hours to capture the goods before judging begins Saturday night. I am excited to see exactly how it will all work and how others will view Portland through the camera eye.
While I have no formal experience with doing contests, the idea of walking around a city and finding things to shoot is what I do all the time to support this blog! For me it has become somewh
at of a regular contemplative practice to drop into a flow – where the present moment is everything – and then allow nature to take its course on what I shoot. Often when I get to a street corner there is no thought involved in where I head next, it’s an intuitive knowing that guides me.
The image today of the sun coming up over the East River was taken on just such a contemplative walk! I had no idea at the time where I was, or why I came upon this little bridge over the freeway, but there it was. And in the moment with the sun bursting over the horizon, all was right with the world and my camera.
Whether my time in the trenches in NYC will translate into cool images in Portland I am not sure. But I am looking forward to spending time with other photographers and hopefully learning a few new things.