I have been an architectural photographer my whole professional career here in my native Portland. Now that I am retired I am still enjoying the reasons I got interested in photography to begin with, but with far fewer demands and distractions. As a professional, I would try to balance career challenges as much as I could with that same fine art intent, sensing that the creative component was also important to making a stronger commercial message. In other words, I wanted all of my photography to have the strength of intent that fine art is respected for. I pursued my personal work alongside my commercial work seeking to strengthen the harmony between the two rather than seeing distinctions.
I remember that even as a kid, I was fascinated in Portland’s Willamette River movable bridges for their implicit mystery as much as for their obvious importance to the functioning of our city. These movable bridges are one-offs and each is distinctly individual. The experience of being within these century old structures as they open and close to river traffic is an iconic Portland experience.
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