Portland street scenes

Street Scene: Pooches on Parade

As the scaled-back Rose Festival prepares its Porch Parade, K.B. Dixon creates a streetwise tribute to the canceled Rose City Classic Dog Show

One of the many events that disappeared from the calendar this year as a consequence of Covid was the Rose City Classic Dog Show. A local favorite and one of the largest such shows in the country, it is normally held at the Expo Center in mid-January.  It is a show that has always had a tone of its own. The snoots are there, of course (both owners and dogs), but not in the numbers needed to co-opt the general ambiance. One was just as likely to find a dog named Rex wandering about as one named Baron of Crofton.

Inspired by the Rose Festival’s “Porch Parade” (the Festival’s answer, running May 31-June 13, to the cancellation of its Grand Floral extravaganza), I have cobbled together belatedly a down-market homage to the Rose City Classic—the “Pooch Parade,” a cynophile-friendly selection of archived photographs from Portland’s dog-dappled streets.


Studying Menu, 2019

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The Year of Living Crowdlessly

Nine months into shutdown, even an introvert can miss the hustle and bustle of the streets. A look back in photos on the art of gathering.


TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY K.B. DIXON


I don’t like crowds. I avoid them as much as I can, and when I can’t—as when I am working on a photographic project—I try to limit the amount of time I spend in them. So it has come as something of a surprise to find that now, after living for nine months without crowds, I have started to miss them—sort of. “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone?”

The photographs here are a look back at the not all-too-distant past, when we congregated with impunity. Each image has been contextually enhanced by a pandemical subtext. When will we ever be doing something like this again? We are all waiting for an answer to that question—some more patiently than others.


BASTILLE DAY, 2012



2 PARTIES NO VOICE, 2011


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Photo First: An Open-air Museum

With the "real" museum spaces shut down, K.B. Dixon and his camera tour Portland's many murals and discover a free exhibit on the streets


PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT BY K.B. DIXON


The local galleries are closed, the Art Museum is closed, but the streets of Portland are open and there is plenty to see thanks to the guild of talented muralists among us. Using the exterior walls of every sort of building, they have over the years cobbled together a sort of open-air museum—one you can visit today from the contagion-free confines of your car. (All photographs are from 2020)


NORTHWEST TWENTY-FIFTH AVENUE AND LOVEJOY STREET


Artist: Paola Delfin

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Photo First: Social distancing

We know. It's tough. But some Portlanders have been practicing it for a long time. K.B. Dixon's camera catches an abiding state of solitude.


TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY K.B. DIXON


As part of the effort to combat Covid-19 we have been advised by pretty much everyone to practice social distancing. It is important to slow the spread of the virus, to “flatten the curve,” as statistical analysts put it. As a concept it is not something entirely new to Portland. There are those predisposed among us who have been practicing it for years. They have it down.

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