Straight Up Photography…
To start out 2021, I have been focused on reviewing all the photos I took in 2020. As the drama of 2020 unfolded, I went out walking and photographing when I could. The city of Portland changed constantly as messages, signs, murals of all kinds were being posted as people were grappling with the pandemic, protests, and local fires. It was a tough year to continue the cityscape work I was doing, but I was always out photographing the city as it changed. I have always been focused on architecture, signs, and urban life, so in 2020, I photographed the same thing but with history unfolding on the walls of the city. Ten prints from 2020 will be at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland in their Pacific Northwest Drawers, and I am also brainstorming how to incorporate these photos into new a new series.
Blue Sky Gallery is a reputable photographic gallery in the Pacific Northwest located in Portland. Every year they select a number of artists to show a portfolio of images in their library of drawers which are viewable during the entire year. I had the honor to be in The Drawers in 2013, so after spending 2020 taking so many photos, I thought I would submit another portfolio that reflected such a historic year. You can see the full portfolio (and statement) here >.
They will host the official launch of the 2021 Pacific Northwest Drawers on Wednesday, April 21 at 5 PM PDT. Celebrate with Blue Sky and Artists by signing up to attend the Virtual Opening Reception & Watch Party on Zoom OR simply tune in to YouTube.com/blueskygallery to watch LIVE (or later!)
The prints are available for sale via the Gallery and 10% of my proceeds of the prints will go to NAACP.