Right after my photo outing and picnic at Portland’s River View Cemetery
— see my article Dying to Photograph a Cemetery
— I headed downtown to the largest camera store in the city: Pro Photo Supply,
where I had taken my first step into a brand-new (Micro Four Thirds) world
back in 2012.
Even though I had been to that store half a dozen times, I had never taken the time to explore the surrounding area. So this time I did take the time — just a half hour or so. I ended up in The Fields Neighborhood Park
in the Pearl District,
at the northern end of downtown Portland.
I took only eleven pictures during my short visit, but six of them have become the initial deposit into this album.
The following month, I went on a 5-mile, 7-hour, 750-image photo-walk through parts of the inner city — see my article A Country Bumpkin in the Big City
for an overview.
I took so many interesting shots that they are too numerous to squeeze into a single album. I took enough pictures along the west bank and the east bank of the Willamette River, as well as from bridges spanning the river, that each of those three locations deserve their own album.
Because I had already shared in this album six photos from my quick March visit to The Fields Neighborhood Park, I decided to combine them with the 52 images from my longer April outing which were taken downtown, but not along or over the river.
In keeping with my love of black and white photography,
eight of the pictures are monochrome, and can also be viewed in the Black and White 2015
It took me an entire day to research the buildings and locations I had photographed, in order to provide accurate and informative captions for each picture. Rather than letting all that effort go to waste, I marked each location in Google Earth,
so I would have that information for future reference. Even better, I linked each location to its relevant article on Wikipedia, or another Web page if a Wikipedia article was lacking. I also marked the path I took during my five-mile April walk.
I have saved the locations to a Google Earth .kmz file
and am sharing it on this Web site so that anyone can download it. Once opened in Google Earth on your device, you can virtually examine nearly 50 wonderful buildings and locations in Portland. Hint: be sure to enable the 3D Buildings option. You can download this Google Earth file by clicking here.
For further details about the stories behind the photos in this album, see the related articles: