City Hall, 2011
Text and Photographs by K.B. DIXON
There has been a lot of talk lately about what Portland has become in these last few years—about it being in decline, about it being a city that has lost its vitality, about it struggling with its cultural and civic identity. It’s hard to argue. The images gathered here in what is the first part of a brief series have been excerpted from a larger ongoing project—from what is basically a photographic journal, a personalized and idiosyncratic survey of the city, an archive that serves in its own special way as a species of memoir. These images offer a glimpse of Portland as it was in the not-too-distant past as opposed to what it seems to be now in the disappointing and dispiriting present. My hope is that in this look back one might find prospects for the future—that in this glimpse of what we once were, we might find traces of what we could possibly become again.