When I first saw this photo by street photographer extraordinaire ValÃ©rie Jardin, we were in the midst of yet another rainstorm here in Portland, Oregon.
By April 26, the National Weather Service had measured 45.5 inches (116 centimeters) of rain here at Portland International Airport since Oct. 1, making it the second-wettest winter in the city in more than 75 years ofÂ record-keeping.
We also broke our record forÂ the “most days of rain ever,” with 145 days of dripping and darkness since Oct. 1.
ValÃ©rie’s image made me melt. The weather around here is improving a bit, but today is another grey pot lid over the city. So I’m escaping into the photo again today for light and adventure.
In January 2016 I took ValÃ©rie’s weekend street photography workshop in Paris and I’ve been a fan and follower ever since. It was during that exciting time — my first trip to Europe — that I was inspired to reinvent myself and change up my writing career and focus more intently on photography, arts & culture and travel. Hear more about that here onÂ ValÃ©rie’s “Hit the Streets” podcastÂ we recorded recently. It’s been an amazing 18 months for sure and now I’m engaged in a rewarding mix of work, from copywriting and editing to communications strategy, travel features regionally and internationally, and interviewing photographers around the world. This weekend, I’m headed to southern Oregon with my notebook and camera for an assignment where I’ll be doing research and writing about a medical cannabis farm (legal here in Oregon), a big cat sanctuary, Oregon Caves National Monument & a treehouse resort.
Thanks for being such a leader in your profession and art,Â ValÃ©rie! And for sharing your stunning images — and much needed LIGHT — at justÂ the right time.