Saturday, January 31, 2015
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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Two views of the Steel Bridge and I-5 from the Burnside Bridge in Portland, taken this time on a cloudy day. A different feel from yesterday's, but impressive in its own right. These almost monochrome renditions remind me (jealously) of David Plowden's great black & white pictures of bridges, perhaps the definitive work on the subject.
We will be traveling for the next three weeks, with uncertain internet connections, so daily postings may or may not happen. I'll try.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Portland in winter is not always gray and cloudy/rainy. These photos were taken on the Burnside Bridge as I walked from the east to the west side of the Willamette. The light was beautiful.
Balusters along the approach to the bridge
Steel Bridge and storage silos seen from the Burnside Bridge
Interstate Highway 5
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
The backbone of MacLeay Park is Balch Creek.
Its level depends strongly on the amount of recent rainfall.
The walking path runs - more or less - along the creek.
At the entrance to the park is this picturesquely decayed catwalk, presumably a maintenance access to the large wooden trash screen that funnels the creek into a pipe leading down to the Willamette River.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
MacLeay Park in the western hills of Portland is a component of the larger Forest Park, the largest urban park in the United States. We walked there for the first time a few weeks ago, and were astounded by the glowing green moss on the branches, and the overall luminosity of the scene. I posted the pictures on my Here and There blog (for which this is the replacement); but I want to make sure that they don't get lost, so here they are again. More to come in the next few days.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Yesterday we continued our project of exploring our new home city of Portland, Oregon, by walking on the main commercial street of the NE Alberta neighborhood. It's somewhat counter-cultural in a way reminiscent of the 1960s, and filled with colorful signs and murals. Here are a few examples. The first one sums up a significant aspect of the Portland ethos in the most succinct way possible.
I'm going to try to augment (hopefully, enrich) this blog by writing occasionally about some photo topics that I find noteworthy. One of the photo sites I look at daily is A Photo Editor. Its content rotates among contributors during the week, but Friday is often the most interesting. It's written by a fine art photographer named Jonathan Blaustein, and generally consists of his comments - with copious illustrations - on contemporary photobooks.
Today's column struck me as particularly worthwhile. Blaustein begins with ruminations on the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the role of images in inflaming fanatics. He then segues into comments on the work of five photographers, whose work he was reviewing for Photo NOLA. The photos, all quite different, are very moving and interesting. All in all, a fine sampling of the riches and implications of contemporary photography.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
My first post on Blogger, getting ready for the migration from the University of Minnesota's UThink blogging system. (See http://blog.lib.umn.edu/victor/hereandthere). I won't be posting here very often for now, but I want to get started to see what Blogger is like. I like it at the beginning.
These are photos taken in the Central Eastside Industrial District of Portland, Oregon. Near the Willamette River, on 3rd Street between Burnside and Morrison. Quite different subjects, but similar structure and color.