Finding Portland

I just saw this at Smithsonian Magazine’s Web site, and had to share. My beloved Portland captured on film in a zippy 3.54 minutes! “Finding Portland: Where Young People Go To Retire” opens inside a deserted Pioneer Place mall, and shifts around the city showing the bridges, the highway interchanges, Waterfront Park with the cherry trees blooming and bicyclists out enjoying the view, the Willamette River, the famous sign with the white stag, the Shamrock run through the city (takes place on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day, I believe, I’ve never actually run in that one but I know people who have), the bubblers (constantly running fountains) some brass sculptures of deer (there are loads more around town), the inside of Powells Book on Burnside (I squeed and clapped!), Voodoo Doughnuts, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge with a walkaround of the Vista House, the falls,  and so much more. What can I say? We love our city! I suggest expanding it to full screen to watch.

Finding Portland was produced, shot and edited in 51 days during March and April at the invitation of TEDx Portland, where the video was unveiled to a sell out crowd of 650 and met with a standing ovation.

Comprised of 308, 829 photographs taken from over 50 unique locations, it took an average of 3.8 hours to make each second of this film.


6 thoughts on “Finding Portland

  1. Your city looks so beautiful and cool.. So glad you shared, DD. As I watched, I remembered the djs on allclassical talking about how they wanted to keep “Portland weird”. My kinda place 🙂


  2. Heh heh 😉 That guy in the silver get-up is actually a person, he’s not a statue. I forgot to mention him. I’ve walked past him, it’s very odd.


  3. Hi DD, I enjoy watching the video. It is so funny. Yesterday at the beer fest there was a group of us who use to live in Portland. We were reminising about our days living there, what we did, the nice weather, and etc. Portland is truly a beautiful city in which I love. Heck even today when hubby and I went hiking and to take some photos (photos did not happen…my camera battery was left at home still plugged in the wall, LOL). We were telling each other how this felt like we were in Oregon once more.


  4. Hi Lora,

    How funny to run into Portlanders at a beer fest… or not! LOL This, they say, is the micro-brew capital of the world! Portlanders love their beer, think the beer fest at Waterfront Park is in August. We do have spectacular summer and fall weather; winter and spring – not so much 😉 What a shame you didn’t have your battery! I keep meaning to get a second one for my camera.


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