SouthEast Portland, New Construction Photo Tour

Sometimes in the Real Estate world homes that are newly constructed get a little bit of a bad rap. As a Realtor, I've heard the complaints many times and common misconceptions abound. Newly constructed homes lack character. Contractors now days use poor quality materials. All new homes look the same. The list goes on and on and on. I'm not going to deny, some of these criticisms do have merit, however I would also argue and caution anyone looking for a new home not to perceive all, or even most, newly constructed homes with the same generic brush.

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To illustrate my point, I recently decided to tour a newly constructed home just a few blocks from my office in the heart of Southeast Portland. All the photographs you see on this photo tour were made on 35mm Fuji Reala film with an old Minolta 35mm SLR.

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To put this home in a more geographic context, this is located in a neighborhood with an even mixture of homes built all the way back to the 1920's, a few from the 1960's and 1970's, and one or two brand new homes built after 2015. One could stay the styles and layouts are diverse, unique, and certainly eclectic. In short, the way a healthy neighborhood should be.  

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Clearly the designer of this home did their best to give the structure a timeless look and after walking around for a bit I would say they largely succeeded. The home felt warm, nicely designed, and yet also incredibly functional. Good aesthetics didn't outweigh usefulness. Modern touches didn't feel generic or cheap but instead purposeful and even a little fun.

Andrew Kaiser

My name is Andrew Kaiser, welcome to my site! I have a passion for making images wherever and whenever I can. I seek to capture humanity and the world around me with a focus on the figure. Film, digital, pinhole, and instant photography are all fair game for me.


I grew up in the California Bay Area and started taking photography seriously in High School. I was one of the lucky few who had a chance to go to a high school with a working darkroom and a teacher who understood that making images was an art form – care and patience was a necessity in the image making process from start to finish.


Later in life I attended the University of California in Santa Cruz where I received a Bachelors Degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture. After having my fill of the California sunshine I packed up my life and moved to the Pacific Northwest. I quickly found the overcast skies, lush forests, cooler temperatures, and creative communities to be a perfect match for my work.


Over the years I have exhibited my photographs in several galleries and art shows including the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival and Cascade AIDS Project. I’ve published a few books and taught workshops up and down the west coast of the United States. Through this site I’m hoping to share my work and perhaps inspire others along the way.