a few more from the cherry trees

These will be the last images I post this year of the cherry trees along the SW waterfront in Portland. The first three were taken with my Hasselblad 500CM and Kodak Portra 160 film. The last two were taken using my Zero Image pinhole camera, 6×9, and Kodak Ektar 100.

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the blossoms are off the trees

The Sakura cherry trees bloomed early in Portland this year due to our unseasonably warm winter. Then Spring arrived and the winds kicked up and the rain fell and so did the blossoms.  I made it down to the waterfront a couple of times before their demise and here are some of the photos I took with my Hasselblad 500CM and Kodak Portra 160. I will present some photos in 3 parts so that I don’t make each post too long.cherry_Trees_Hassie124

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no sugar

Three weeks ago I gave up sugar, refined and hidden. I’d be lying if I said it was easy because it is not. I feel better and have lost weight and that’s great, but I did it because I keep reading how bad it is for you and I want to be healthy. Once you start reading all food labels it is shocking just how much sugar gets added to foods you’d never suspect had sugar in them.

I decided this sounded like a pinhole opportunity. So I went to the grocery store and filled my cart with all the treats I cannot eat. The last photo was my area of the grocery I visit the most now….veggies.  I wish I had positioned my camera a little lower so more of the sugar-filled foods would show up, but you get the idea. I might have to go and do it again. The hardest part was putting all the food back on the shelves after the 5-minute long exposures.

Easter candy and the big bunny

Easter candy and the big bunny

chips and cookie aisle

chips and cookie aisle

cakes and pastries

cakes and pastries

my new home, the veggie department

my new home, the veggie department

(all photos were taken with a Zero Image pinhole camera, Kodak Ektar 100 film, and 5 minute exposures)

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Let’s Talk Carpet

The carpet at the Portland airport has attracted world-wide attention. It’s really ridiculous, but there it is. 30 years ago when the carpet was installed Portlanders hated it. I doubt anyone can remember what was there before the current design, but I do remember no one liked the new aqua contemporary design. Now 30 years later the carpet is worn out and new carpet is being laid. People are up in arms, there is an Instagram site for photos of the carpet, and just this past week the carpet was made the Grande Marshal of the Starlight Parade at this year’s Rose Festival. Well, it keeps us all laughing and helps Portland defend its title of “Keeping Portland Weird”. I can’t let it go and so I had to join in the fun. As people come and go from the airport they stop and take photos of their feet on the aqua mat. I must say I did the same and it is now my profile photo on Facebook. Last week I hauled my aqua blue typewriter out there and spent several hours making pinhole images of said carpet and my beautiful typewriter. Now you would think I’d attract attention, that security might ask what I was up to, or people would ask me about my pinhole camera (as they usually do), and certainly why I had a typewriter and not a lap top. But, NO-ooooo, Not a single person gave me a second glance. What does that say about Portland? People expect us to do strange things. So today I am sharing a few photos from last week at PDX:

the new carpet

the old carpet

my beautiful Remington

my beautiful Remington

my socks, my bunny and a typewriter sitting in the middle of the floor. No one noticed

my socks, my bunny and a typewriter sitting in the middle of the floor. No one noticed

Mr bunny and a squirrel

Mr bunny and a squirrel with my new PDX carpet inspired Timbers scarf

a section of the new carpet design...it's greener

a section of the new carpet design…it’s greener

it's a beauty of a typewriter

it’s a beauty of a typewriter

have a safe trip

have a safe trip

(all photos were taken with a Zero Image pinhole camera and Kodak Ektar film. The interior images were between 3 and 10  minutes long)

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no gas

Traveling east from Salem, Oregon, along highway 22 to 26 and the town of John Day, gasoline can be difficult to find. Years ago I started a series of abandoned stations that had been converted to other uses, but I have decided to also add stations that are sitting empty.

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old gas station

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maybe you can get a bath here

maybe you can get a bath here

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I’ve been away from WordPress for a few weeks and what has happened to the set up? I don’t like this at all. For awhile I could choose the old format, but now it seems this is it. I can’t even find a place to size my images. I am wondering if I need to find a new site to use for my blogging. I would like to know what other people are doing.

(all these photos were taken with my Hasselblad 500 CM, of Ilford film and developed at home)

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Small Town Oregon

We really know how to celebrate Valentine’s day. No fancy dinners, box of candy or red roses…forget those. We took 3 days and headed to small town Oregon with my Hasselblad and 6 rolls of black and white film.

We left our home at 8:30 in the morning on february 13th, headed south on I-5 and then east on 22 to 26 and our destination of John Day. I wanted to photograph the Painted Hills. I thought we’d manage a sunset outing and then check in to our motel in John Day around 8 pm. Well, I should have guessed that a normal 4 hour drive would turn into 12 for us. We stopped so many times along the way that we didn’t make the Painted Hills on the 13th. We rolled into John Day at 8:30 pm, checked into our motel and then to bed for an early start on the 14th.

I think my favorite stop on Friday was the tiny town of Mitchell, if you can even call it a town. Wikipedia says the population was 130 in 2010. I think it might be less now. There’s a small market and old hotel but not much else. The town was founded in 1873 and named after a politician. Wikipedia says: “In 1872 the first school in Wheeler County was established near Mitchell, and in 1874 it was relocated to the town itself. Over the next two decades, Mitchell grew to include a store, assay office, two churches, two hotels, livery stable, three houses of ill-repute (one of which is still standing), five saloons, a flour mill, a livery stable, and an apothecary. There were also two newspapers, The Sentinel and The News. The business district, including the saloons, grew up along Bridge Creek and became known locally as “Tiger Town”. The church and most of the city’s homes were built at higher elevation on a bench overlooking the creek; this part of town was known locally as “Piety Hill”. About half the town was destroyed by fire in 1899, but it was later rebuilt. The town has also suffered from several severe floodings, the last time being in the 1950’s.

I’m starting my trip in photos with Mitchell:

the main drag through town

the main drag through town

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old gas station

old gas station

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staying over?

staying over? no thanks

Seems many residents live in trailers. I don’t understand why the small towns of the west are dotted with so many mobile homes.

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There were a couple of ‘homes’ for sale too:

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house ‘for sale’

also 'for sale'. I think the toilet is out back

also ‘for sale’. I think the toilet is out back

Time to move on although we returned here the next day to take to road north to the Painted Hills. To be continued…..

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fog

For the past couple of years my town has experienced more than its fair share of fog. I expected fog when I grew up in the San Francisco area because we were so close to the ocean, but Wilsonville is 80+ miles from the coast so what gives? I need more sunshine. The weather forecasters have promised more sun in the days ahead, but as I look out my office window I just see more fog. Time to go out for a walk.

The fog  makes for moody, grainy photos from my Holga plastic camera. The camera is light and easy to carry on my long walks. So I set out and walked about 5 miles through the new development down the street, across the train tracks, along a frontage road and then back home.

WES train station tower clock

WES train station tower clock

WES train

WES train

blurry spider web across the wet lands

blurry spider web across the wet lands

winter tree

winter tree

tree and fog

tree and fog

tracks into new development

tracks into new development

new roads

new roads

geese going home with new condos in the background

geese going home with new condos in the background

(I used Kodak TMX 400 film and developed at home in Ilfosol 3.)

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