Beneath the Bridge

It’s like the person the items belonged to has been taken up in the Rapture. That’s what I think when I see “left behind” things around the city. Like these old shoes under Portland’s Burnside Bridge. Like a pair of perfectly good mittens by the side of the freeway or a baby stroller abandoned on the sidewalk. The other day, I saw a woman’s dress … Continue reading Beneath the Bridge

On the Move: Street Photography Tips for Stopping Time

I found a wall with bright light coming in at a late winter angle….and waited. It was perfect. People and their shadows came strolling by creating a delightful effect against the stark background. But all the movement made it tricky to get clear shots, so I re-grouped and found some great advice for some technical tightening that made a huge difference. Check out these expert … Continue reading On the Move: Street Photography Tips for Stopping Time

Born to Be Blue

Ethan Hawke plays famed trumpet player Chet Baker in Born to  Be Blue, a new indie film by writer/director Robert Budreau depicting Baker’s troubled & tumultuous life and attempted comeback. My favorite review so far is by Dwight Brown, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) News Wire Film Critic. http://www.blackpressusa.com/film-review-born-to-be-blue/ I’m looking forward to seeing this film for myself. Born to Be Blue opened nationally to … Continue reading Born to Be Blue

Fly Little Bird: Le Pigeon Ditching Tipping

Kudos to another Portland restaurant (and a very fine one too) for announcing recently that tipping will end soon in favor of higher base wages for employees. Le Pigeon, one of my favorite #PDX restaurants (French-inspired, inventive comfort food with a hip Portland flair) announced recently that tipping will be eliminated by June, with Little Bird, the other restaurant owned by Gabriel Rucker and Andy … Continue reading Fly Little Bird: Le Pigeon Ditching Tipping

PDX Zen

Portland, Oregon’s Japanese Garden is undergoing a major renovation. The garden recently reopened after a long closure, but construction is still underway with exciting changes coming in the near future. I first visited the garden as a child when I went with a student group. I was fascinated by the tea ceremony, the structures and details. I’ve been going back ever since. In 1958, Portland … Continue reading PDX Zen

Old Paree: Street Photography in Paris

A couple of years ago I decided it was time to get my butt off this continent and finally go to Europe. Paris, specifically, had been on my mind for a long time. The desire was cemented during a conversation with my 89-year-old Grandmother who had always wanted to go and didn’t. Now she can’t because of health issues and age. Our conversation sparked this … Continue reading Old Paree: Street Photography in Paris