Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Not Tired of Tierra

Ever since returning from Europe I've had a dilemma: where to photograph?

Having spent time in such beautiful places as Provence, Languedoc, Paris, Yorkshire, Budapest, etc., the terrain here in Portland seems bland. The villages of Europe have such lovely texture and color--from the warm yellow stone in Languedoc, to the reddish hues of Russillon, to the castles and ruins of Slovakia--that the brick, concrete, and wood of Portland is old and uninteresting to me. So I've been racking my brain for other local locations, doing some scouting.

I've also been looking for new faces to work with. I love faces. I'm a face junkie.

Oddly enough, today I shot with a model I've worked with before, Tierra, in a location I've biked up to many times: Rocky Butte. And we did lovely work. The haze from forest fires made for nice light, too. I'm encouraged.

But I'm always open to great location ideas, so if you have some, please send them along.

See more portraits of Tierra, and others, at www.fritzphotographic.com.


  1. Ever been to Leach Botanical Garden? I love it there. http://www.leachgarden.org/pages/history.php Their web site has no pictures, but here are some: http://www.flickr.com/photos/judyandpaul/2592039872/

    Also, somewhere down near the river there are a bunch of abandoned buildings that have been taken over by graffiti artists. If you're interested, I can get specifics from a friend who's been there. http://www.flickr.com/photos/papertreasure/2313249511/

    There are also lots of interesting spots (to me) along Highway 30 between the city and the bridge (abandoned buildings with foliage as the backdrop) - keep driving to Rainier and Scappoose and funky small-town Americana-ish buildings and structures abound. Oh, and then there's downtown St. John's too, which is its own little world.

    That's all : )

  2. Brian Friesen10:30 AM

    Hmmm. A few places come to mind.

    -Mt. Angel
    -Oaks Bottom
    -Downtown Millwuakie (OR)
    -Parts of Oregon City
    -Various tall parking garages in Downtown Portland