We here at Faded Portland world headquarters just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for allyour support and interest in our little project. When we first started this blog it wasn’t clear it would be anything more than an abandoned Tumblr dumpsite strewn with hundreds of scanned pics of esoteric Portland history. But it has grown in scale and ambition.
Pretty regularly I will come across one of those vintage Ray Atkeson coffee table books invariably titled Oregon followed by sequential roman-numeral. He even did some centered on Portland area. They were produced with wild abandon throughout the 80s and 90s and in fact are still being printed! Though beautiful in quality and presentation, the photographs are necessarily confined by the format to subjects of typical beauty: waterfalls, the international rose garden, a telephoto looking down Morrison with squeaky clean white people deboarding MAX series-I cars surrounded by brick pavers, yellow tulips and verdant sun soaked London planetrees. I am always disappointed when I come to the end of these and similar books that none show life beyond suffocatingly hygienic peopleless scenes.
Since discovering this little treasure trove of slides, it has become my mission to share them with as many people as interested. Hidden inside them are scenes of everyday life like gas stations and weedy sidewalks. Not always photogenic or even broadly interesting but always genuine. Though the project has grown substantially in time and scope, so too the joy in sharing them. I have even had the opportunity to meet some of you and it has been a delight hearing your stories.
And there are many more to come!
editor-in-chief, Faded Portland Media Group