As Real Estate Agents, we tend to take a great amount of pride in knowing Portland's many neighborhoods well. Sometimes, just to stay up to date on a neighborhood I'll make it a point to get out of my car, and pound the pavement on foot. For this particular post I decided to load up a camera up with some 35mm T-Max film and walk around Belmont Street in southeast Portland. I decided to make some photographs of this neighborhood for two reasons.
First, PDX Urban recently settled into a new office space on the intersection of 47th and Belmont Street. This is incredibly exciting. As much as I enjoy working from home it will be wonderful to have an official office space to go into every day and to meet with clients. Right now as I type this some contractors are in the space knocking down walls and preparing the space for some brand new furniture. I’m very excited!
Second, if you walk through this neighborhood, you get an amazing sense for how much it is changing and for how much it will always stay the same. New housing developments mix together with structures that have been standing strong in Portland for decades. Old shops and cafes mingle with trendy food cart pods and clothing boutiques. Heck, you can still go to a video rental shop along Belmont Street. How cool is that!?
Despite all the bustling activity along Belmont Street it is difficult not to feel a sense of calm and community in this district. When I walked around making these images it was about eighty degrees and sunny. Every third house or so had its occupants sitting out on the porch, giving me friendly hellos, as I passed by with a 35mm SLR slung over my shoulder. More than one person stopped me in my tracks and asked if I was taking pictures on film. I love when that happens. Having the opportunity to talk with a perfect stranger about photography is never a bad thing in my book.
I hope you enjoy looking at these images as much as I enjoyed making them!