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The Magic of Infrared

Infrared photography has long been an interest of mine. I shot a little infrared film in college and have dabbled in it ever since. One aspect of photography that I’m fascinated with is capturing a view of the world that is real and surreal at once. I also experiment occasionally with long exposure digital infrared using an IR filter. Recently, I finally had my old Canon Rebel T2i converted to color digital infrared & am…

PDX Trending in Japan

As someone who grew up near Portland, Oregon, USA, the current hipness is interesting to me. I started taking the bus alone into Portland from my small farming town of Sherwood just to go to Powell’s City of Books, which is now a tourist destination. I still have some of the books I carried home on the bus in recycled brown paper grocery bags. I was about ten years old at the time and my…

Farewell to Orpheus

Take a stroll through the Portland State University (PSU) campus in downtown Portland, OR USA and you’re bound to come across “Farewell to Orpheus.” I was there yesterday, enjoyed seeing the fountain pool filled with fallen leaves, and wanted to know more about the statue’s history. It was created by former PSU art professor Frederic Littman, a Hungarian-born and Paris educated artist, in 1968. Professor Littman, according to the Oregon Encyclopedia, “may have single-handedly revived…

Portland Art Museum Goes All Out with Warhol Retrospective

Unfortunately, big-time art retrospectives are rare here in Stumptown, kind of like giant metal shows (waiting for you, Iron Maiden!) and big Broadway productions (Hamilton won’t be here until the 2017-18 season and will probably sell out in two seconds). The new Andy Warhol print retrospective now at Portland Art Museum (PAM) however, is the REAL DEAL. “Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation,” showcases 250 Warhol prints…

Inspired Natives: New Fashion Exhibit Turning Heads and Breaking Stereotypes

Walking by the Portland, Oregon USA Art Museum (PAM) recently, I had to stop to take in the gorgeous panel images advertising a new exhibit, Native Fashion Now. After reading that the show is a one-of-a-kind traveling exhibition that will be leaving Portland in September for upcoming runs in Oklahoma and NYC, I pitched the story to 1859 Magazine and was lucky enough to get the assignment. If you’re here in #PDX or happen to…

From the Hip….or Not

I received some street photography advice recently to avoid “shooting from the hip” and to slow down and take more time to frame shots. On the other hand, in a workshop, we practiced shooting from the hip as a way to avoid disturbing the scene and capture life as it happens, without interjecting oneself into the surroundings. I don’t always shoot from the hip, but admittedly enjoy using the technique in tight spaces, such as metro…