Sunday, March 18, 2018


No subject matter works better with black and white photography than shadows, and Portland's Slabtown has them in great variety. Here, and for the next couple of days, are some examples.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Patrick's Church

St. Patrick's Catholic Church, in Slabtown, was founded in 1889, and has been a mainstay of the neighborhood ever since. The steep dome is striking, but I particularly like the last three images because their rugged, stony solemnity reminds me of the photographs in the Outer Hebrides by Paul Strand in his classic book "Tir A Mhurain".

Friday, March 16, 2018

Plywood Patterns

Some of the broken windows of old manufacturing or warehouse buildings in Slabtown are covered with plywood or (less frequently) particle board. Occasionally the knots and grain in the weathered plywood or fragments in the particle board form some striking images.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Slabtown windows are occasionally interesting for what you can see through them, but more often for what is reflected in them or what has happened to them.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Parking Places

Finding parking is a problem in much of Portland, but as Slabtown loses its manufacturing and warehousing operations and prepares for high-rise construction, there are lots of empty spaces.