Posted by on Jan 9, 2011 in New Arrivals, Personal Picks | 1 comment

Snapshots from the past- come on, admit it, you’re a voyeur too

Snapshots from the past- come on, admit it, you’re a voyeur too

It’s like a guilty pleasure and artistic exercise all at once; sifting through a box of other people’s photographs.  I could spend hours, because I can’t just look at one- I’ve got to see them all.  On the one hand, it’s the pure voyeuristic joy of peeking at moments in someone’s life, that intimate feeling, tinged with the curiosity of wanting to know if that person is still with us.  On the other hand, it’s an artistic quest of finding the photograph that jumps out and grabs hold of you. Maybe it’s the way the light plays in the background, or the way the photographer composed the frame, but there’s always something that speaks enough to ensure it gets to go home with you, rather than being relegated back to the overflowing box of mixed memories.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the luxury of taking a bit of time off from the shop to go do what I love best, treasure hunt. It’s taken me into more than a few of my favorite spots across Portland looking for the things that speak most to me. Along the way, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to come across several different collections of polaroids, and other snaps from several different lives. A large collection of Shady Dell train photos, taken from an abandoned house- a collection of track photos of a man who in his adult years turned into a compulsive hoarder, and a variety of other individual snaps dating back to the 30s (and ranging though the 70s). If photo hunting is your thing, come on by this month. I’ve just filled up the box with a variety of my favorites. See which one speaks to you.

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One Response to “Snapshots from the past- come on, admit it, you’re a voyeur too”

  1. daMama says:

    Love the train pics!!!If you ever come across pics of the Ciff House… I know a collector

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