Dec 5, 2013

From the Top of Multnomah Falls

Our impromptu hike up to the top of Multnomah Falls initially felt like a fools errand. We weren't even sure what we were heading to see at first, but we continued to follow the trail up to the point that we'd gone to far to simply turn back. It was a steep climb, but the views became even more stunning as we watched the sunset through the trees. As luck would have it, we reached the top of the falls just as the sun began to crest. It was a long walk up, but the views proved to be worth it. 

Multnomah Falls

Dec 3, 2013

Tillamook Air Museum: Part 1

Of all the locations we visited on our Pacific Northwest road trip, few were as striking as this WWII blimp hangar in Oregon. The Tillamook Air Museum is a fascinating place housed inside a unique piece of aviation history. Hangar B, as it's known, was built in 1942 to house blimps to patrol the Pacific coastline. The hangar is the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world. 

The museum itself was really cool to explore, and in contrast to the Evergreen Aviation Museum, it was a lot more relaxed. You could get right up close to the aircraft, look inside them, and there were even old flight simulators that you could sit in. Not all of the planes were in pristine condition, but I loved being able to walk around them and see them from a variety of angles. There was an impressive collection of WWII aircraft, and the building alone made the visit worthwhile.

Playing in an old jet fighter flight simulator.

Imagine climbing these to the top.

Hangar B at a distance.

Helium room.

Notice the basketball hoop at the top of the hangar.

Dec 2, 2013

Aaron Nelson: Connectivity @ the Esplanade

Last week I was at the Esplanade art gallery to photograph Aaron Nelson's exhibit, Connectivity. Aaron is a very talented ceramic artist, and the art director of the Shaw International Artist Residency at Medalta. I've had the pleasure of working with him quite a bit this year on several projects, and I was fortunate to see his exhibit take shape from the sidelines while I was busy capturing footage in the residency this fall. 

From photographing the various colours of the ceramic chandelier to shooting a scale video of Aaron sculpting, my last bit of involvement in documenting this project was in finally photographing the completed exhibit. I was really impressed with how well everything came together, and I loved the interactive nature of fusing ceramics with audio, electricity, mobile devices, and the internet. Aaron's exhibit remains at the Esplanade until December 7, and you can read more about it here.