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Joel Jensen, Depots, and a Collaboration

Baker, Oregon. PHOTO: Joel Jensen After months of work, a project I am quite proud of is about to become available. Nearly a year ago, I was approached by fellow photographer Joel Jensen. Joel has been photographing scenes of the … Continue reading

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Update: Railfan online photos & story now archived

Old United Railways mainline in Guild’s Lake. Portland, OR, April, 2010. Kodak TMY. Earlier in the year I noted some photos and text published on the Railfan & Railroad web-extra section, “Extra Board.” At the time, these small stories were … Continue reading

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Historic Hyper-Localism and Portland Culture

Is the knowledge of fringe, obscure historical remnants like these traces of the former industrial past of the Central Eastside — and the stories behind them — part of the uniqueness of Portland cultural DNA? What makes up the cultural … Continue reading

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A plug and a project

In Between. Portland, OR, March 2010. Kodak TMY. This month I have two articles in the Online Extras section at the website of TRAINS Magazine. Both of these stories were written for a content extra that promotes the activities of … Continue reading

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Photos on Railfan’s web site

Old United Railways mainline in Guild’s Lake. Portland, OR, April, 2010. Kodak TMY. Back from the Center for Railroad Photography and Art‘s 2010 “Conversations About Photography” conference in Chicagoland, I’ve got a few brief things to catch up on. First, … Continue reading

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Ramen, soul of a city?

Anticipation is always deceiving, and nothing is ever as one imagines it. Vancouver, B.C. is both more and less than my mind had envisioned. It is less a futurist’s city, but far more human. This is especially true about the … Continue reading

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Overeating in Richmond, B.C.

Storefronts in Richmond have all sorts of interesting things to see. Recently, I visited the Vancouver, B.C. area. Among a number of goals, I had one that stood out: to sample the legendarily good Chinese food available in the suburb … Continue reading

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The Future of Beaverton?

The Future of Beaverton?, originally uploaded by route99west. I’ve rather provocatively titled this image “the future of Beaverton” with my tongue only partly in cheek. There are many ways that the pairing of Richmond/Vancouver does not hold as an analogy … Continue reading

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We Make The Media: Initial thoughts

Today — assuming I get this post up before midnight — was the We Make The Media event in Portland. For those who were not following this topic, this was a conference at which the future of Portland’s media scene … Continue reading

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Review: Vis Major: Railroad Men, an Act of God: White Death at Wellington

Vis Major: Railroad Men, an Act of God: White Death at Wellington By Martin Burwash. iUniverse, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403; http://www.iuniverse.com/; 9 x 6 x 1.1 in; trade paperback; 480 pages, 15 maps; $29.95 In the late Winter … Continue reading

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