Murals of North East Alberta
How I feel in a tie, as well!
yo is it?
Chinese farmer Hao Xianzhang has perfected the process of growing pears inside Buddha shaped plastic molds.
Yo is it
Pie, pie will tear us apart. Again. gguillotte
Franchesca Ramsey (x)
I began working with the Urban League of Portland as photographer for The State of Black Oregon in May of 2014. Since that time I’ve been out in the field off and on, traveling throughout Oregon State with writer and journalist Bruce Poinsette. There’s something important and necessary to be communicated about this experience, what it means, meant, and the kind of promise that’s yet to be born from it. I’m still finding the meaning.
In some ways the travel component of it started out as a dream. Urban League of Portland’s Katie Sawicki contacted me about helping with the photography aspect of the project. She talked about traveling throughout Oregon to photograph Black Oregonians.
As an image-maker and one who creates mental maps through images… this was my dream. It’s the kind of work I’ve been working towards and working through all of my life. Finding or showing the presence of the African Diaspora in its various forms has been my process since about the age of 19.
There is something immense within the identity of Black Americans and people of the African Diaspora within the global landscape. There is something huge - and interconnected -within our stories and inside of the journey we are moving through. And here, there is something about the journey of people of African descent against and within the Oregon landscape.
This something stretches back to the lives of Black Oregonians who made their way here or were brought here, those who left, or lived and died here. It stretches up to us today. Their had a place here. We do too.
In traveling throughout Oregon state to document we interrogated Oregon’s present in relation to people of African descent, but we were also able to access its past. They were inseparable, really. One unspoken question became, “What are and were the states of Black Oregon?”
I feel as if the travels themselves were a kind of seed being planted.
They happened. We went there, but we won’t really see their effects until down the road.
Bruce and I traveled near enough to the four corners of this state, experiencing a range of Oregon’s topographies. Throughout this journey, a host of Oregonians of diverse backgrounds welcomed us, invited us into their homes, shared integral information, and assisted us at different turns.
Slowly out of the darkness, an image and impulse began to be illuminated and take form. Out of the looming geography of Oregon, an image, a picture, pictures began to be illuminated…
Starting out, we knew no one of African descent in Astoria or Bend or Klamath Falls.
We had few connections in the other locations.
We did not know their names.
We did not know their stories.
But we knew they were out there.
that was the critical juncture.
That was the critical piece.
… And we knew we could do it.
So began the task of sending out our hearts, words, intentions, and questions. Making calls.
Sending out emails. Asking many friends. Asking you all for help.
So began my task, as photographic researcher and finder, of believing it could happen. So began the task of believing that we could find the right people to talk to and that a kind of way would be made.
Many adventures began this way.
Of walking into the darkness of not knowing, but knowing there are lights out in the field. There were lights in the field.
There is necessarily a great history out Black Oregonians out there, but also a great present.
There’s a legacy of Black Oregonians who’ve made their way here throughout the whole history of Oregon. There’s a legacy of many many dreams working then and now.
This process of discovery felt and was groundbreaking.
This edition of The State of Black Oregon is groundbreaking and is a first of its kind. This has ever been done before.
The State of Black Oregon honors, names, and makes place for Oregonians of African descent within the ongoing history and present of Oregon State. Critically and importantly it will provide us with a host of information tools and policy guidelines to change the course of Oregon and support the lives and communities of Black Oregonians.
There is so much about our diverse and collective experience here that is wonderful, but looking at the past and the present… there is so much that must be changed. It can be. It must be. This is our charge.
The State of Black Oregon is and will be a guide, an atlas of sorts, laying out the geography of the current lived landscape for a diverse representation of Black Oregonians while charting and elucidating possible pathways for the future.
I’m honored to have been able to represent the Urban League on these journeys, to use my eyes, heart, and craft in search of a larger vision, to add my work to the work of many others skilled in a variety of means. Even more than its individual parts, it is a great collaborative working.
The seed of this work is just being planted. My hope is that it will be a living and a working document, a testament to the work and the promise of our time. Along this journey we traveled to and documented in Portland, Ashland, Eugene, Astoria, Bend, Pendleton, La Grande, and Klamath Falls.
Thanks to the amazing team at The Urban League, the writers, journalists, specialists, researchers, designers, academics, interviewees, and case study subjects who have and are lending their unique form of genius to this effort.
Photographer for State of Black Oregon 2015
This is the classic story of a dog chasing a cat, though it turns the convention on its tail, so to speak.
pdx as heck + ville as hell, TAL
UUA hired a Portland Zen Buddhist brand guru who says he doesn’t believe in God, per se, to attract a new generation.
Previously, Will Novy-Hildesley and his branding agency, Quicksilver Foundry, had tackled decidedly secular projects for clients like Ocean Conservancy, a South American microfinance program, and the Society of American Foresters. But the 44-year-old designer felt a connection. “Brands and religions are all about sense-making,” Novy-Hildesley says. “Am I an individual? And do I belong, do I have a community?”
Quicksilver sat down with 50 UUA core members in 2012 for a full-day workshop. “We don’t do research prior to our workshops because we want a blank slate,” Novy-Hildesley explains. “We look for patterns—for unexpected gold. Brands and religions don’t last long unless there’s truly something there. There was a lot of energy in the room. These guys can talk.”
Those chatty sessions eventually led to a memorable slogan: “Wanted: Brave Souls.” But Novy-Hildesley still lacked a tagline that would capture the UUA’s essence and call the “consumer” to action. Dejected and procrastinating, Novy-Hildesley began idly Googling his client. “I found something like, ‘ ... and then we light a candle or a flame.’ Light a Flame! That was it. The call to arms that was sitting there waiting for us in their DNA.” The Portland firm’s insights became part of UUA’s outreach efforts that began in early 2014.
when people are like ‘you see homosexual subtext in everything you’re stretching ugh!!!!! you have an agenda!!!!’ and you’re just standing there like
aka, why i moved to pdx
The first time the transplants ruined Oregon, they came in wagons, with dysentery and broken legs. They came on an Apple IIc, and on a crappy x86 PC. And theyre back: You can now play the MS-DOS Oregon Trail.
overbey & rs - did you go to this place?
Girls&WomenToKnow: Alia Atkinson
Congratulations to Jamaican Alia Atkinson who (December 6) became the first black woman to win a world swimming title. She now wants to encourage greater involvement of different communities in swimming. She said “Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we’ll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push (for more competitive swimmers).”
Atkinson completed the short course race in 1 minute and 2.36 seconds, tying the world record, which according to FINA standards counts as its own record. Via Telegraph.
omg her face in that gif!
"barn friends investigating something in the kitchen"
it’s always trouble when the pets join together in a common cause…
loOK AT GRIZZLY BEAR
The project that sucked my will to live got written up in the WSJ. Hooray?
A pretty dry write-up of my last project, but hey, it’s in the WSJ?
Marketing executives love to talk about how data, wearable technology, and people’s growing interest in quantifying their health (like counting how many steps they’ve taken or how much sleep they are getting) are going to revolutionize advertising. But it’s never really been clear exactly how that is going to happen.
Nike NKE +2.07% and its digital creative agency AKQA have take a step toward bringing that new marketing reality to life.
For years, Nike has been out in front of these trends with Nike+, an initiative which encourages its customers to track their athletic activities through products such as the Nike Fuelband. Last year, in conjunction with AKQA, Nike started collecting data from its most active data generators–i.e. people that actively train using FuelBands and apps like Nike+ Running. Next, the two companies took that data and visualized it, creating over 100,000 customized animated films designed to capture individual people’s 2014 athletic exploits.
These videos, dubbed “Your Year,” are available on YouTube, where Nike and AKQA are encouraging these people to try and top themselves in 2015 (these clips urge people to”Outdo You“).
Seriously, this interview made me so mad. Piya did the best she could with an unfortunate guest.
While interviewing guitar legend Carlos Santana, Piya Chattopdhyay questioned his sexist views on women, which he offered during the interview:
CS: “Women cannot live without being adored. Period.”
PC: “Why do you think that?”
CS: “Women need that. Men need a sandwich or a beer or something [he laughs]. But women are really really really delicate.”
PC: Ok, I’m not going to agree with you about it, but that’s Ok.
When I heard Carlos Santana I was taken aback - what year was this? And I was so grateful to hear Piya probe him further on his viewpoint, then politely agree to disagree rather than let it pass without notice. Kudos, Piya.
CBC & Piya are now being inundated with complaints that she was not “respectful” during the interview. Please submit feedback in support of Piya to the CBC, because celebrity doesn’t excuse you from having your views questioned.
need to get some ramen today