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!
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 Ray
"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."
Opening day at the racetrack.
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.