Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Obama Show Comes to Portland.

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Senator Obama Rallying the Troops in Portland, OR.

Sorry for the lack of updates—I had to take a week off from the blog for unforeseen reasons. 
Last Friday Barack Obama paid a visit to Portland. 
It was a capacity crowd at Memorial Coliseum which seats about 13,000.  It was a rousing speech with lots of the optimistic platitudes one would expect from the Obama campaign.  I’m not sure yet if I’m a believer. 
Gov. Richardson made his endorsement that morning.  Seeing his enthusiasm for Obama did increase the Senator’s credibility in my eyes.  I’m predicting that Richardson will be tapped as running-mate if Obama gets the nomination.  We’ll see if I’m right.  After the rally there was a press conference.  It occurred to me towards the end that I should ask if a VP slot was in the cards for the Governor but it was too late.  As a photographer, I’m so used to being a silent observer that asking questions at press conferences doesn’t often occur to me.  I’m working on being more of a reporter, and not just an voyeur on the world’s events.  I see how different a mind-set it is.  As a photographer, my approach has always been to just allow things to happen and then try to find the angle and moment to capture that illustrates my impression of the situation.  If you want to write about an event, you need to get people to say things so that you have new information to report.  Both are exciting in their own way.  Putting the two together will present an interesting challenge, but one I think is worth taking. 

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Winter’s Over

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He's Safe!

Just like that:  It’s Spring!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

KINK Holiday Concert

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Collective Soul

Here is an image from the most recent KINK Radio Holiday Concert.  There were five acts.  Collective Soul was the headliner.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Film Festival

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Film Maker David Gordon Green answering questions after the screening of his film Snow Angels

I miss the Portland International Film Festival.  This was the second year I photographed it and it is really an interesting assignment.  It’s exposed me to a lot of modern cinema that I would never have had the opportunity to see.  I’ve thought a lot about “Snow Angles” since its screening.  It was pretty depressing in a lot of ways, but I still can’t decide if I liked it or not. 

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

St. John’s Peggers

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Sue Pisha, club director.

Last month I had an assignment to photograph a local cribbage club.  I had no idea one existed here, but they meet every Thursday night at Patty’s Home Plate Cafe.  I’ve never understood the game, but it still seems to have a loyal following.

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