This current, on-going work is inspired by the huge influx of construction and architectural changes in Portland, Oregon. After living in Portland for 9 years and photographing every section of the city during this time, I got to know the city very well. Significant changes are happening to the city so fast that it was a shock to my system and I couldn’t help but start creating new work around this topic. Growth and additional housing is needed in Portland, but the demolition of older buildings and the construction of newer buildings is happening at such a fast, exponential rate without regard to infrastructure concerns and cultural concerns. Also, the current growth is pushing out long time residents that cannot afford to live here anymore. I believe the culture of the city is reflected in the built environment and determine if residents can afford to live here, all of which is changing rapidly. In this series, I attempt to addresses these issues through depicting these architectural changes in Portland. If we don’t consciously make an effort to preserve what makes our city special, we could lose our soul and our to development. Through this work, I want to raise the issue of balancing of new growth and preserving our history, residents, and unique Portland culture.
I have finished four and more scenes to come…
2016 - In Process