Day 42

ISO 100, 100mm macro, f/11, 30.0 sec

Day 42 – Tweet

Mystery surrounds this little fellow. What happened? How on earth did Karen find you in the dark and in the tall grass? How did you survive the thundering hooves of the greyhound herd?

Karen came in one evening after running the dogs with little bird. He now has a safe roost on top of my computer tower.

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Day 41

ISO 100, 47mm, f/4.0, 10.0 sec

Day 41 – Movin’ On

When I got off of work tonight, the wind had picked up after raining most of the day. There was a break in the sky and it was fascinating to watch the clouds boogie across, almost like a sail boat on the ocean.

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Gregory


$2 portrait project began with Thomas Hawk.

This is Gregory. He was great. Megan and I were on our way into VooDoo Donuts in Portland when we met Gregory.

He is originally from Houston, but much prefers the climate in Portland. He does, however, hope to go back to Houston in November/December for the holidays. Right now he is in between temp jobs.

When he approached me and asked for money, he was more than happy to have his portrait taken. I told him I needed to run into the donut shop and get some cash, he smiled and said take my portrait now. I trust you.

I retrieved the cash after buying Megan her donut and promptly went out and paid him. I hope that temp job is right around the corner waiting for him.

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Calvin


In 2008, Thomas Hawke began his $2 portrait project. His idea was simple. When he walked around, if someone asked him for money, he would offer them $2 if he could take their portrait in exchange.

“My biggest motivation behind this project however is simply that I think human interaction is a good thing. I’m not doing this to exploit homeless people or show how hard and bad life can be. I’m doing this because I want to celebrate other human beings as human beings and I think that this commercial transaction gives us an opportunity to engage and interact on a more human level…”

I loved the idea and today in Portland, I was approached for the first time.

This is Calvin. He has lived in Portland all of his life. His parents died in the ’90s and that is is when he found himself on “skid row” as he referred to it.

He was friendly and proud and very graciously accepted the $2. When we were returning to the car, he was still standing in front of the coffee house. He asked for another dollar and I obliged. He was my very first portrait.

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Day 40

ISO 100, 105mm, f/11, 1/15 sec

Day 40 – VooDoo Donuts

I made a quick trip to Portland this morning to see the kid. After her appointment, we took an urban hike in old town Portland. First stop coffee, next stop, donuts. VooDoo Donuts, where the magic is in the hole.

I love this sign. I love the master padlocks that hold it to the hanging bracket, the weathered plywood from exposure to the consistant Portland rains, the nails for pins in the doll and the portrait of someone peering out from behind.

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