DescriptionCompleted in 1925 for a cost of $541,000, the Sellwood is a truss style bridge and the southernmost of the ten major Portland bridges. It is currently the busiest two lane bridge in Oregon, largely due to its lack of proximity to any other river crossing bridges.I found this bridge possibly the hardest to enjoy any aesthetic beauty, but at the same time has perhaps the most beautiful location of any of the bridges, with the exception perhaps of the St. Johns. I would have to think on that one. The Oaks Bottom area on the east side and the forested area on the west side really make for a tranquil area to find a bridge. So my first visit there concentrated more on photographing the bridge within this setting. A second trip back last week focused more on the structure of the bridge, but I have yet to get that roll of film developed.The other aspect of this bridge that really stood out, photographically, was my exposure times quadrupled down here. I was used to using 30-60 second exposures and had to step up to 120-240 second exposures and this image is still a bit dark. Then again, I wanted to underexpose just a bit because it really is dark down here. There is very little encroaching city to light up the area, and I wanted at least some of the images to show that.
Zeb Andrews, Portland, Oregon Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement I believe:
Photography is magical. The ability to capture our vision physically so that others can share in it, amazes me constantly.
There is always a picture to be taken, it is just a matter of seeing it.
Enjoy what you do and you will begin to love it, love it and everything else will follow.
Hard work, passion and dedication will trump talent every time.
Photographs should never be taken for granted, by the time your grandchildren pull them from a box in the attic in 50 years, they will be priceless.
The best photography does not impress, it inspires.
Titles should be irrelevant. Amatuer. Professional. Master. If you use a camera, then you are a photographer, as simple as that.
Cameras may be remarkable instruments, but it is the people behind them that create.
Whether it is film or digital, 35mm or large format, color or black and white, they are merely different ways of doing the same thing, making photographs.
It is never enough to assume, no matter how frequently photographed a place is by a particular photographer, or a group of them, that every perspective has been explored, every vision realized, and every scene recorded fully. The best photography is not discovered in this manner at all. The best photography is born from the realization that there is always a new perspective to be found, a new vision to be realized, and a new way to record even the most familiar of scenes.
"Make visible, what without you, might perhaps never have been seen." Robert Bresson.