As my first day in Portland comes to a close I realize that I didn’t shoot very many photos or take very much video. Part of that is because OMSI turned out not to be very interesting photographically, but part of it is because I suffer from an inability to both live something and photograph it. I’m not sure how it is for others, but if I’m going to seriously engage in the photography of a place or event I shift into work mode and can’t experience what it is I’m shooting. Since I’m on vacation in a new place, I feel like I want to slow down and take things in as opposes to being on the draw with my camera all the time. I think there will still be a few photos worth sharing but it won’t be the multimedia extravaganza I might have fantasized about when I first decided to come here.
Speaking of which, a lot of people have asked me why did I choose to visit Portland, and I’ve gotten the same question from a couple of locals. It seems like “I heard it was a cool town” isn’t enough for them, although one long-term resident – after I told him I’d also heard it had a similar vibe to Austin – told me that he thought Portland was “more weird.” I can’t comment about the truth of that.