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Photo Essay: The Oregon Coast

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Having grown up just miles from the beach in Southern California, every once in a while it is necessary to visit the ocean (whichever one happens to be closest) to give a respectful hello to the expanse of beauty that is both concrete and abstract. After moving to Portland, Oregon after a hot NYC summer in 2008,  a trip to the Pacific Northwest coast was in order to greet the famous shores.

The coastline is the backdrop to many films and television shows, from 1980s classics like The Goonies (1985)  and Short Circuit (1986) both shot in Astoria, Oregon to The X-Files television series which was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia for the bulk of its nine seasons (plus a multitude of other things). Along with its diverse terrain–cliffs, forests, sand dunes–there is also a cool quiet magic that perfectly speaks to the strength and grandeur of the ocean. These are some shots I took while visiting Astoria and Fort Stevens State Park, Oregon.

Mia Ferm currently resides in Portland, Oregon where she is a collective member of Cinema Project. She is a writer, photographer, and videographer and holds an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU.