Oregon Coast

This summer I gave medium format film photography a go when I bought a Minolta Autocord in good condition at a local vintage camera shop. I used the Autocord to shoot on a 10-day van camping trip with my son and dog up the full length of the Oregon coast in July 2022. While I also shot in medium format color as well as with a 35mm camera, it was clear to me that these monochrome images made up a single series to capture the timelessness of the natural and man-made sides of Oregon’s 363-mile coastline. While I don’t see myself as a landscape photographer, the towering rock stacks, a dramatic shipwreck, and the old fish towns naturally drew me in. The 6×6 format of the camera forced me to see and compose images differently and in a more focused way. As I was hoping, the larger size 120 film brought a great deal of detail, tones, and textures. I hope viewers enjoy both of my journeys of learning a new photographic approach and discovering this wonderful part of the Pacific Northwest.

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