Tonight kicked off the American Society of Media Photographer’s third annual Portland Squared event. While not one to have ever entered a photography contest, the idea of 70 emerging and professional photographers spending 24-hours shooting all over Portland seemed like a fun idea, so I henceforth went!
The evening started by exploring a particular square I had randomly chosen that happened to be largely in the South Park Blocks. While the assignment was to shoot our square, once we did we were free to roam the city and shoot anywhere within a four-mile radius. As I walked the blocks during early evening, a ballet event involving kids had just finished at Portland State University. I snapped some energetic shots of the young ballerinas prancing through the park, but it felt strange shooting kids I didn’t know, so I moved on.
I headed towards the center of Portland – Pioneer Courtyard Square – where I ran into a few other PDX Squared competitors eyeing for the perfect shot. It was cool watching others work, but the scene for me was overdone, so I ventured on…
The first image I felt good about is the one today of Portland Union Station, and happened to be an urban landscape of the train station. It was taken on a pedestrian bridge spanning over the tracks that I never knew existed, but was so cool! I loved the warmness of the light and the perspective created by the tracks. Because we were limited in submissions, I decided to forgo the category and not submit this image, but in retrospect I wish I had. Here is another one from the bridge.
As the sun made its way over the horizon, I stopped off at my favorite pasta joint, Piazza Italia, and savored a delicious pesto dish complete with a nice full-bodied red. Then I had to make my way back to my car to pick up my tripod for some night shooting.
Despite many evenings photographing NYC, Chicago, Washington DC, Philly, and Baltimore, I had never shot my own home town until tonight. And I can now say I am even more grateful that I live in Portland – what an amazing town with amazingly wonderful people! I stayed out until about 1am and met the most interesting, funny, engaging, and polite people on the street. It was so much fun roaming the Entertainment District and experiencing just
how alive Portland is on a Friday night!
While I have many images and stories from the evening to share, instead of packing them all into one mammoth blog entry, I thought it better to space them out a bit. So more to come in the days and weeks ahead, I promise.