Keep Portland Weird

Keep Portland Weird
KPW | Portland | 2017           1/40 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 200

After a six week hiatus I was back in Rose City this week. And amazingly, the weather matched the season, with some beautiful and warm summer days. Despite a fully loaded schedule I managed a small photowalk last evening, just taking my tiny Ricoh GR II that I had brought for this trip and doing a bit of walking through a mild Portland summer evening. I was looking for the famous “Keep Portland Weird” sign that I haven’t seen before, and that set the tone for the rest of my walk. For some more “weird” photographs from PDX continue after the jump…

Heartbreak Parking
Heartbreak Parking | Portland | 2017           1/80 sec @ f/4.5 and ISO 100


Disguised | Portland | 2017            1/45 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 100


Legs | Portland | 2017           1/40 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 200


Voodoo | Portland | 2017            1/45 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 100


Voodoo Evening
Voodoo Evening | Portland | 2017           1/50 sec @ f/3.5 and ISO 100


After Hours
After Hours | Portland | 2017           1/30 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 8200


Passenger | Portland | 2017           1/20 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 800

Henri Cartier-Bresson once said: “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept”. Not that I want to excuse this shot of the German Shepherd riding “wide open” in this car that turned the corner in down town Portland. I included the photo because despite being blurred, for me it captures the “weird” summer atmosphere I experienced in Rose City last night.

Have a great weekend!


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  1. I enjoyed your photography. While I agree a crisp photo can be great, a blurry photo can also show more. A person so fast they can’t be caught, a quick snap of friends that “couldn’t be more perfect”, and so much more. I’ll enjoy looking at more as you continue to post!

    1. Thanks, MadLady, I really appreciate your feedback! Good that you plan to eventually move to Portland, I can tell you this is a great city, even if I know it only from my frequent visits.

  2. Oh my gosh! You are making me want to visit Portland. So cool and weird. I love it Marcus! Great images!

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  4. The motion blur on “passenger” is excellent. It gives your photograph context. It suggests a busy nightlife and the dog hints at the weird and strange things that happen at night. It’s FAB. I also like “voodoo” catching the woman looking at the graffiti makes me wonder what she’s thinking. Does she find it funny/bizarre/frightening. Thanks for sharing your walk.

  5. Great post! Second to last is my fav, also love the lavender brick composition – the women’s silhouette echos the character on the wall, very cool!

  6. Hahaha…..Love the images. Have been to Oregon a few times. Oregoneons have a fascination with ‘weird’ – Eugene has few of those signs as well. May be ‘weird’ is the new normal….

  7. Marcus, I recall that you’ve left Portland by now. You’ll miss the Naked Bike Ride tomorrow night!

    1. I know 😡😡 The thing is I need to be in Paris on Sunday night I need a quick pit stop at home to change suitcases 😉. You can’t have it all….but will check it out on the web….have a good weekend! Marcus

      1. Onward! I understand that it is World Naked Bike Ride, so maybe Nuremberg is weirder than you realize 😁

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