Personal Photography Project Update #1

In case you didn’t know, I like to take pictures of mountains, water, bridges, and, more recently, people. I found myself connected to PhotoClub PDX earlier this year. Angela, the club founder, has some fantastic ideas about how to make better pictures. One idea, a long-term personal project.

As I thought about what I wanted to accomplish for a personal project, I considered landscapes, travel, theme, etc. I researched a few project threads. Most were very personal and a few were tear inducing. Overall, the personal projects were all about pushing your limits.

The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.

For my personal photography project I wanted to try something new (to me). My final idea was a 25/100 Project. Twenty-Five People, One-Hundred Portraits. I haven’t photographed a lot of people and there is something about a portrait (it’s mostly the eyes) and people that is interesting.

So that’s what I’ve been working on. So far, with the help of friends and strangers, we have completed three of twenty-five sessions. I have three more people booked (6 of 25) and if you would like to be part of the project, check out my project page and complete the session form: https://michaelmontez.com/25-100-project/

As always, thank you for your support. Here are the first twelve (12/100) images from the first three (3/25) volunteers.

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Why do we stop taking annual portraits after we leave high school or college? We keep changing, we should capture that. Cameras are everywhere and now, more than ever, a great photo of yourself is useful (Social Media and LinkedIN come to mind). But we use selfies with poor lighting for these images. I think we need to bring back the annual portrait. Here are my images for 2018:

Portland is a great place for sunrise and sunset photography. There is usually some kind of weather happening. On this morning, I was on the bus headed into the office. The clouds started to breakup and I got the feeling that something awesome may be coming. I hopped off the bus at the next stop and quickly made my way to Waterfront Park.

Once I was in position, the sky exploded and I rolled off a dozen or so shots in the next ten minutes. The clouds moved as did the light. In the end, this was my favorite.

Sunrise in Portland, OR. The Hawthorne Bridge over Willamette River.
Sunrise over the Willamette River. The Hawthorne Bridge connects the two sides of Waterfront Park in Portland, OR.

Thanks to Jansen Photo for the prompt – Jansen Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge.

At the Walker Evans exhibit at SFMOMA. ”…we are just caught in the act that’s all.“

Alison and I attended a party at SFMOMA. SFMOMA currently has an exhibition dedicated to the photographer Walker Evans.

As we moved through the exhibit we encountered these two. They were having a good time making the museum their backdrop. Walker would have smiled.

I need some new Walker Evans books.