I want to start this post by explaining why I haven’t blogged in more than a month.
In short, I’ve spent my time doing things that aren’t germane to this blog. That statement brings up a question: What is germane to this blog?
In an earlier post, I said:
“Instead of giving a recap of what I’ve done visually since my last post, I want to discuss larger issues in journalism, film, and photography that intersect with my work. In this way, I hope to positively contribute to the discourse in these topics.”
In re-reading my recent posts, I cannot say that I have followed my stated goal of the blog. I have failed to follow my stated goal because my goals for the blog changed. While I would like to discuss larger issues in journalism, film and photography, I also want to showcase my personal work.
My personal work is made up of pictures I shoot that are not for any assignment. Instead, I try to let my curiosity manifest itself visually.
Recently, my chance to do personal work generally only happens on my off-days from work at The Oregonian. Because of my trip to Chicago for two freelance assignments, I’ve had only five days, including today, to shoot personal work since my last post.
Today is the day I will share some the personal work I’ve done since October 4.
Portland, Oregon — November 6, 2011 — Blake Hicks, a freelance acrobat who specializes in flat ground BMX biking, rides his bike at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. According to Hicks, who worked with Cirque du Soleil last summer, he sometimes spends nine or ten hours of the day at the park practicing.