When I was growing up, I was always entranced by architecture, interior design and other forms of art and design. In fact, when I was getting ready to go to university, I proudly told my parents, "I think I want to study architecture."
"Don't be ridiculous," they both smiled. "You're not artistic. You're good at math. Go to engineering school."
And so, like a good girl, I did.
Heidi and Natalie are two of our favorite pedal powered women here in PDX, and if you don’t know them you should. Heidi writes and photographs, and Natalie fabricates steel bike frames.
Go here to see some photos from Heidi of Sweet Pea raw frames.
"Her eye captures it, and then her lens - the low quite edge of the land and the relentless roll of the sea. The instant the photo is snapped, the tears begin to flow. Unbidden they slip down her face, carrying things which were mysteries even to unto her own self."
I am that person who takes pictures of my dinner in restaurants, of my feet standing on a subway platform, of signs and strange things sitting by the side of the road. A side effect of my photography addiction and refusal to leave the house without a camera is a heightened appreciation for whatever quirky weirdness or random beauty I encounter in the day-to-day. And now, thanks to a cell phone, I can share these images online immediately if I feel like it.
"I found a picture of you. Those were the happiest days of my life." The Pretenders
What does love look like - to you?
(Sometimes love looks like Union Square during a certain very special gathering of women in the summer.)