Oregon on B&W

This last month in Oregon has been pretty revolutionary for me. For a number of reasons, not least of all my dramatically changing life plans due to my inability to find a job. Curse you, shitty job market! Curse you, unemployment rate! But “revolution” is a word that implies both upheavals and excitement, and Oregon has held a lot of excitement for me of late. I’ve seen some incredible sights. Done some awesome hikes. Met some pretty incredible people. Tasted some amazing wine. Eaten a lot of delicious food. Aside from the job situation, Oregon has been treating me well.

I’ve tried to capture some of those moments and places on film. I’m not a journalist – I’m not shooting to show things or events, necessarily, but to capture a spirit and an image. Unfortunately, my most recent roll of film has not yet been developed, and I won’t be able to do that until I get back home, but meanwhile, here is a scattershot of some of the things I’ve been shooting in this beautiful and complicated land.

None of these photos have been altered except for basic darkroom procedures (replicated via Adobe Photoshop in light control) such as contrast adjustments and basic cropping.

It’s been a long time since I shot B&W on film, so a lot of this roll was practice for me. Re-learning how to use light, how to expose the film correctly, and how to frame a shot to get something interesting. All in all, I don’t think it sucks.