Everyone by now knows about Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's IFC hit Portlandia. Well, photographer Kirk Crippens served and artist residency at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon this spring. He wanted to show the world the real Portland, more specifically the people of the city. And we have to say, the show was only the tip of the iceberg.
For his series "Portraitlandia," the photographer found interesting subjects for his 45-photo project. He managed to find some major figures, both in their achievements and their eccentricity.His series includes Voodoo Doughnut founder Tres Shannon, former mayor Sam Adams, and naked protester of airports John Brennan. The title was initially a joke, the “worst title you can think of for a portrait project made in Portland.” But many Portlanders made Crippens keep the name.
“Using a slow, old process, getting under a cloth, having subjects look through the viewfinder. It made the project,” Crippens said. “It’s not like 20 minutes when you’re working with digital. I asked for two hours of peoples’ time. Subjects’ patience grew from the novelty of the process; it allowed them to get comfortable.” Look below and enjoy.