The folks at the Washington County Museum/Hillsboro were kind enough to ask me to present a portfolio of photographs to the public. It went on display May 6th and will be up for at least a couple more months. The images were selected from the thousand or more I shot as documents while I was researching Up Fanno Creek. That research began in 2007 and was mostly wrapped up by 2011.
It was never my intention to make a coffee table book out of the project. When it came to things like focus and composition, I wasn’t always as attentive as I might have been. In fact, if it hadn’t been for encouragement of Juliet Shen, the book's designer, it might have made it to the shelves without a single shot. In the end we included a couple dozen shots that I think really helped round out the text.
The photos in the book were all selected on the basis of textual needs, and were reproduced in B&W in order to keep the retail price as low as possible. As a result some of the more compelling color shots never received much public attention. In what I think was a model for collaborative editing, the museum folks and I selected a total of 30 images that depict the yin-yang nature of Fanno Creek’s past, present and future.
I’ll be back at the museum the 18th of June to deliver a short presentation on the book and a walk-through of the show. I hope you will join us!