Monday October 26, 2009

PORTLAND, OREGON – Portland has a remarkable food culture.  There are elaborate “food carts” in various parts of town – generally in clusters.  They aren’t actually “carts”. They are really trailers, sometimes elaborate ones, rather than the hand carts that the name suggests.  Here’s a link to a site specializing in Portland food carts: Food Carts Our friend and guide to Portland, Ron Paul, claims that the best coffee in Portland, and thus North America, is at Spella Caffe. Here’s Andrea Spella. Sorry Andrea for the harsh back lighting.:

Andrea Spella
Andrea Spella

Sunday October 25, 2009

PORTLAND, OREGON – In Portland, Oregon meeting with some people on food-related issues.  Sunday is spent visiting a farmers’ market and wineries (A to Z and Ponzi) in the Willamette Valley.  The 1999 Ponzi Pinot Noir is one of best Burgundy-style reds that I’ve every had anywhere.  In the farmers’ market we bought a variety of mushrooms – hoping to be able to get them back to New York for a dinner that we’re cooking a week later.  The photographs from the winemaker tours aren’t very interesting.  We had the run of the facilities with no restriction on camera use, but the pictures come off as mazes of stainless steel tanks and hoses.   So here’s the farmers’ market:

Farmers Market Portland Oregon
Farmers Market Portland Oregon

Saturday October 24, 2009

DRAIN, OREGON – We left the Oregon coast early, driving back up the Umpqua River.  The light was beautiful at about 10:00 so I stopped and photographed.  Another small town:  Drain, Oregon.  No kidding on the name.   Dale Allyn informed me that his dad was at one point the oldest living resident of Drain; that Drain, Oregon is the only town named Drain in North America; and that it’s named after Charles and Anna Drain, not the lowest point in a bathtub.

This is the Pacific Gateway Medical Clinic.

Drain, Oregon
Pacific Gateway Medical Clinic

Friday October 23, 2009

GOLD BEACH, OREGON – We spent October 23 here in Gold Beach, Oregon. The weather was terrible; the visibility on the beach was near zero. I spent a wet day in town taming infrared images of buildings.  This is part of a long-term project that i’m working on: small Western towns photographed in the shadow of Edward Weston; the use of infrared technique creates as sense of abstraction and other worldliness.

Curry County Courthouse, Gold Beach, Oregon
Curry County Courthouse, Gold Beach, Oregon

Wednesday October 21, 2009

BANDON BEACH, OREGON – I’m in Oregon to take part in a workshop sponsored by Jack Flesher and Guy Mancuso of GetDPI.com. The overt purpose is to photograph the Oregon coast using Bandon and Gold Beach as bases. The real purpose is to catch up with good friends and eat and drink too much. The Oregon coast really is rugged, foggy and generally wet. This is low tide at Bandon Beach.

Bandon Beach at sunset
Bandon Beach at sunset