Portland, Oregon photographer Harley Cowan reflects on his encounter with this larger than life portrait by Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra.
In 2012, my wife Carrie and I traveled to San Francisco. We visited the Museum of Modern Art and, after viewing the permanent collection, went to the top floor where there was a retrospective exhibit of Rineke Dijkstra’s photography. I was unfamiliar with the Dutch photographer but immediately taken by her larger than life portraits of adolescents on beaches. It affected me with a deep, undeniable fixation that I had felt once, nearly twenty years earlier, seeing a Da Vinci painting. At the beginning of the exhibit were perhaps eight such beach portraits, all of which I found compelling in their direct, frank connection to the subjects...
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I learned two weeks ago of the passing of Dave Scott, professor and director emeritus of the WSU School of Architecture. Dave Scott had a big impact on design and designers throughout the Pacific Northwest and at Washington State University. For decades, I have heard his friends, colleagues, and students sing his praises. Dave had stepped down as director but was still teaching thesis when I started in the program in 1991. In my third year, he retired and I never had the pleasure of attending his studio. But it wouldn’t be the last time I would cross paths with Dave’s legacy as a thoughtful architect and educator. Read More
I'm thrilled to have been interviewed by Mary Thomas of Blue Moon Camera... Read More
I grew up in the shadow of the Manhattan Project in the town of Richland, Washington. So, I had always dreamed of what it would be like to sneak in, to surreptitiously gain access to the world's once most-secret building, to roam its hallways and imagine what it must have been like when it was alive. Read More
Some time ago, I wrote about how this disconnect with the photographic process is what brought me back to analog cameras and led to my late discovery of the darkroom. I was reminded that speed and convenience need not be the primary, nor even the requisite, characteristics of value in any worthwhile endeavor. I began to take pictures as if they mattered again. Along the way, I was reminded, too, that a most wonderful and effective way to learn and improve is through failure. When something is at stake, when there is investment, and one fails to execute or achieve, the lessons consequentially tend to acquire indelibility... Read More
One hope for pioneering this photography project was to find a little adventure. Cloud Cap Inn quietly gestured to come and take a closer look. After all, this little lodge was impossibly built a hundred twenty-seven years ago at elevation 6,000 feet on the shoulder of Mount Hood. Read More