Portland Craftsman in Black and White, and on Film!

I've mentioned before on this blog and others that touring homes is often the best part about being a Real Estate Agent in Portland. Real Estate Agents tend to have a reverence and a love for classic architecture. Just speaking personally, I'm a sucker for the craftsman style which is quite prevalent in the Portland metro area.

Sometimes when I'm touring a home for clients on my own I'll take a camera with me and click a few frames to really absorb the space. For this particular craftsman, located in inner southeast Portland, I had my old vintage Rolleiflex with me. By pure coincidence, both the Rolleiflex and the craftsman were built in 1956. How is that for a nice stroke of fate?

Portland Craftsman 01

The light on the porch was lovely and casted some very dramatic shadows across the sitting space.

Portland Craftsman 02

The attic was converted into a living space (as people do in Portland) and felt a bit dark with the curtains drawn. Made for some nice drama on a still photograph and the space brightened up nicely when the curtains opened.

Portland Craftsman 03

The shower and bathtub spaces where lined with some nice frosted glass that created a nice delineation while also staying true to the vintage quality of the home itself. A really nice touch if you ask me. Also, they reflected the light in an interesting way.

Portland Craftsman 05

Sometimes it is all in the details. Original kitchen tile meets original hardwood floors. Both in fantastic condition, especially considering the age of the home.

Portland Craftsman 06

A view from the porch looking directly across the street. Gives a good idea of the classic craftsman style of the neighborhood.

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.