ASMP – Portland Squared Event

The Oregon chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), recently had their annual PDX Squared event.  This is an awesome event where local professional and amateur photographers get together and spend time photographing downtown Portland.  Each photographer is assigned a unique square (~16 square blocks) of the city, then given approximately 24 hours to document their square in whatever way they wish.  When time is up, everyone gets together to edit photos, share stories, and ultimately watch as their submissions are judged by a panel of experts.

It’s a challenging event for those, like myself, who don’t spend much time doing street photography. Street photography is about documenting the moment and emotion; it requires an artistic eye, and understanding of the fundamentals of composition lighting, etc, and both boldness and discretion.  Whew!  I tend to be a bit introverted and tentative; when I want to step out of my photographic comfort zone, I do street photography.

I spent a few hours mentoring a young photographer, then went out for an hour or two on my own to see what I could find.  Admittedly, the images below are not “pick up the phone and call your mom” awesome, but they’re beautiful moments from a great event.

Can’t wait until next year!

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