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Oct 20, 2014 / 117 notes

I drove out to Sauvie Island yesterday on a photo assignment. Traffic was really bad going onto the island over that tiny two lane bridge, but trying to leave was exponentially slower. It literally took me an hour to get out of the parking lot of one of the farms and traffic was just as bad on the roads. Stuck in traffic for hours alone (and no snacks or water!), I started to get a little grouchy. And then I woke up from my self-absorbed mode of thought and looked around at all the people around me in the same situation. It’s easy to build community in a moment’s time if you open up to connecting with the people around you. So I grabbed my camera and started photographing the smiling people around me who were making the most of the moment. Thank you for making my drive home the highlight of my day!

Portland Meadows10/12/2014To see more of my images of people on Opening Day at the race tracks, take a gander over athttp://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-32323-street_ridin_purty.html
Oct 15, 2014 / 16 notes

Portland Meadows
10/12/2014

To see more of my images of people on Opening Day at the race tracks, take a gander over athttp://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-32323-street_ridin_purty.html

Louise and RayPortland Meadows10/12/2014
Oct 14, 2014 / 34 notes

Louise and Ray
Portland Meadows
10/12/2014

Dale
Portland Meadows
10/12/2014
©Briana Cerezo
Oct 13, 2014 / 58 notes

Dale

Portland Meadows

10/12/2014

©Briana Cerezo

"This is my dad, Ed. We’ve been coming to the racetracks since I was born. I’ve been to the races across this country and in Canada. We used to sit over there in the ‘regulars’ section.""Did you ever win big?""He did a couple of times. Once he had to be escorted out because everyone knew he was the one leaving with all the money that day."
Portland Meadows.10/12/2014
Oct 13, 2014 / 54 notes

"This is my dad, Ed. We’ve been coming to the racetracks since I was born. I’ve been to the races across this country and in Canada. We used to sit over there in the ‘regulars’ section."
"Did you ever win big?"
"He did a couple of times. Once he had to be escorted out because everyone knew he was the one leaving with all the money that day."

Portland Meadows.
10/12/2014

Gerald
Opening day at the racetrack.
10/12/2014
Oct 12, 2014 / 38 notes

Gerald

Opening day at the racetrack.

10/12/2014

Sep 20, 2014 / 159 notes

Roy (pictured right) politely declined to have his photo taken when I first asked, but as I made my way back down the street a few minutes later, he got my attention and decided he had changed his mind. “A few years ago I would’ve said no because I wouldn’t have wanted to get myself into trouble. But things have changed.” He pointed to the building behind him. “This is a clean and sober house I live in now.” 

David (pictured left) listened nearby while Roy and I talked. “What about me? I’m getting kind of jealous over here. I want to be in your photo.” 

I love the people in this city.

"If you stay true to aspects of who you are, they will find their tributary. The love will find a form."
Intisar Abioto is the amazing visionary creator and photographer behind The Black Portlanders and so much more. She is a light in this city and the world! 
Sep 12, 2014 / 144 notes

"If you stay true to aspects of who you are, they will find their tributary. The love will find a form."

Intisar Abioto is the amazing visionary creator and photographer behind The Black Portlanders and so much more. She is a light in this city and the world!