"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!
Udeline (visiting from France)
At a gas station in Odell, OR.
So I found this guy walking around downtown this weekend…
I did a double take and then my logical side kicked in and I went and chatted with the man who has made an entire movie about the bizarre experience it is to be an Obama look-alike.
He was drumming on an instrument in his car when I asked if I could talk with him. “Sure. Do you mind if I finish working out this beat first?” He tapped rhythmically with concentration. Then he looked up and smiled. “I just got this. I ordered it from Brazil. It’s called a Pandeiro.”
"How is it different than a tambourine?"
"The way you play it. Samba." He played for me again, then let me try it.
"Is this what you do? Are you a drummer?"
"Yeah. I play in a band called Pink Martini."
I just learned of the death of Derek Rieth, percussionist for the Portland band, Pink Martini.
I met Derek through Humans of Portland back in February. (http://on.fb.me/XZYMbJ)
The news of his tragic passing reminded me that I had unpublished photos from when we met. In memory of Derek, I wanted to publish them today.
1971 - 2014
Seen on Alberta St.
"What was the happiest moment of your life?"
"I have cancer and the chemo has probably made me infertile. Before the chemo, I went through a fertility preservation treatment process to freeze my eggs for later. I cried tears of joy when I found out they harvested more of my eggs than we had expected.”
"How is your treatment going?"
"I’ll find out tomorrow. I recently had a stem cell transplant and I’m going in for a scan to see how that went."
"Her name is Lost n Found. She came to my friend at a Motel 6 one night and just started eating with these other dogs and then we started hitchhiking with her and I just loved her from the first time I saw her. My friend just gave her to me yesterday."