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just poring over photographs from our latest trip to portland...



i took this batch of a telephone pole in nob hill. the city's filled with these archival relics. they're caked with layers of staples and torn posters, revealing stories and imagery that mark the passage of time. i don't know whether to photograph them or strip them bare to hoard the graphics for future collages. i spent a good portion of time peeling off expired fliers from SE poles two nights ago, but, i only scratched the surface. i'm afraid portland would be TOO clean if i got my grubby little mits on it, though. there's a certain charm to urban decay, but too much grit can look unkempt, unsafe and downright disturbing. while too little can look disneyland-ish, void of character, antiseptic and just as unsettling. but, portland?...weeeeeell, she just keeps her recipe for success to herself. like all women of mystery..it just keeps 'em wanting more.




































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burtonsmith
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Oh man, I'd kill for trash like that! We have nothing like that here in Stepford. :-(
artworkslive
Dec. 11th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
well, time to pack your bags and move to p-town burton...everyone else is doin' it!!!
and there's at least one telephone pole for every artist!!!

iT'S a GOLD MiNE!!!!!
morty_baby
Dec. 11th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
Hey sweetheart, I haven't been following you in your latest ventures because of family matters but I have to say YAY it is nice to see you getting your just dues.
artworkslive
Dec. 11th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
awww man....that means the woild to me!!!!
thanks!!!
havingthoughts
Dec. 11th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
I love these photos. I think they would look great in an exhibit hung among your collage work.
artworkslive
Dec. 11th, 2006 06:32 am (UTC)
that's interesting you say that...i've never considered myself a photog. but, in many ways i think these do compliment my other modes of art making..

thanks!
rpeate
Dec. 11th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
They are great. I dub thee . . . Baby Photog Smith!
comestible
Dec. 11th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
i love these photos. they are so much like yr collages. ripped edges and fragmented letters or words. beautiful.
artworkslive
Dec. 11th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
well, thank you..
i know that when i took these i was actually visually composing collages in my head, or making details of a much bigger collage...funny how the mind can just flip a switch like that between mediums. collage can often times look very painterly to me, too..
rpeate
Dec. 11th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
I took one or two shots of this phenomenon, on Hawthorne Boulevard. Yours are better.
laurels_art
Dec. 11th, 2006 08:30 am (UTC)
These are great.
laurels_art
Dec. 11th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
oops! I responded all wacky.
rpeate
Dec. 11th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
You did? How so? :)
laurels_art
Dec. 11th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
oh, it was a misthread, I meant to respond directly to the post.
artworkslive
Dec. 11th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
(salivates) i've only driven past the hawthorne district....next time i'm back i MUST make the pilgrimage on foot and with oodles of charged camera batteries!!!
rpeate
Dec. 11th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
You MUST! :)
(Anonymous)
Dec. 12th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
and we miss you...
great photos
hope to see you next month as i hear you plan to return for the january rececption
-cary
artworkslive
Dec. 12th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: and we miss you...
i'll do my gosh darndest to make the opening on the 6th!!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 13th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
Knob Hill Grit
Wonderful texture photos. Your comments about Portland's Grit vs. Tidy is spot-on. There are many people who would thank you for clearing off these poles! I'm glad you left us some grit.
artworkslive
Dec. 13th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Knob Hill Grit
believe me, if i could marry your town, i would.. ;D
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