Posts Tagged ‘oregon’

Photo Essay: Forest Park

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The world is changing. And by that I mean the natural world, flowers and trees and stuff–from far off forests to local parks, even the patch of grass outside your front door. Inside and outside the cycle of seasons, there is always something new to behold. How could I have forgotten the constantly inconstant majesty of nature?

As spring approaches, the cool blue tones of the winter sky start to give way to some mildly gold shimmers by late afternoon. It is actually possible to see these qualitative differences in light where shadows form—from behind tall trees, through venetian blinds in quiet living rooms, or from your own long shadow stretched out on the sidewalk. Something awakens from out of the comforting darkness of winter.

Forest Park in Portland, Oregon is the “largest forested natural area within city limits in the United States,” comprised of a surprising 5,100 wooded acres. The following images are my snapshots from a recent brisk Saturday morning walk–starting at a trail just over two miles northwest from such city landmarks as Powell’s Books–where I (re)discovered a bit of the park’s beautiful dark magic hinting at spring.

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.

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.