I went out with the Portland-Vancouver Photography Meet-up Group last Saturday. The group chose to explore the lower part of The Pearl district in Portland. I had already been walking those streets a few days earlier when the sun was out and the sky was blue. Saturday was met with gray overcast skies and flat light. I felt we should have met earlier but the group chose 10:00. By the time we all got there and some got their coffees the light was even worse. But we pressed on.
I chose to carry only my Hasselblad and my Holga. I was, once again, the only one using film. As others clicked away at anything that moved…..or didn’t, I walked and walked looking for something to catch my eye.
I have to admit I was not inspired on this day. It happens sometimes. So I spent more time getting to know people in the group, talking to them about my choice to shoot film, and pointing out some objects I found photo worthy. Some of those showed up on the group’s web site. I did run into some friends, Joanna and her sheepdog Fiona. Fiona made for a great subject for the group and she sat perfectly while members clicked away.
I did manage to take 12 photos over a 3-hour period, but none of them really excited me. At the end of the day I realized I am a lone shooter. When I am with a group I take very few photos. I think I am a very private person and maybe I don’t like having to explain “why” I choose to make a photo of a certain thing. I’m not sure. So today I am heading south to the town of Salem. I have a meeting with another group, British Travel Fans, but I will be out taking photos on my own…..and with film.