I relocated to Portland way back in May of 2013 practically site unseen. I had visited for a very brief two day weekend a couple months previously but that really has no way of preparing you for the type of city you are choosing to adopt as a new home. Once I landed here I was eager to get out and about and explore my new town.
As a photographer I tend to look at the world, rather than taste, touch or smell. Creating images as a way to understand my environment is completely natural for me and hence as my exploration of Portland began I often turned to the most tried and true camera I own….the one that is ALWAYS in my pocket. Yes, I started an iPhone Instagram photo project.
When my partner and I landed here in Portland we ended up with a sweet little apartment in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood. (That is North Portland if you aren’t familiar). She got a position immediately and began working the ole 9-5 while I began the process of launching my new pet photography business. Grueling, confusing, and very laborious I needed ways to keep myself centered, calm and focused. Daily walks became a regular routine.
It was on these daily walks that I discovered the subject of my new iPhone photo project, homes. The diversity of architectural styles in Portland strikes me as quite beautiful. I grew up in an Orange County sub division where the same five homes were stamped out over several blocks. Not diverse, not beautiful. So far I have photographed close to 100 homes and my project over on Instagram was recently featured over on the Portland Monthly Magazine’s website.
For camera nerds and tech heads: I instantly knew how I wanted the images to look. B&W, dark, moody, contrasty. It is the type of fine art photography look that I have always identified with. Ilford Delta 3200 was always my favorite film to shoot with back in the film days and when it comes to iPhone photography there are all kinds of options to choose from. Hipstamatic was the camera app I chose to use and the capture is made with the John S lens and BlacKeys SuperGrain film stock.