March 2020, Closed Portland Movie Theaters

Where do you start? March of 2020 will be the most written about month a year for a long time. Just like September of 2001 and the flu of 1918. This year is marked.

It has been 20 days that Alex and I have been self isolating and social distancing. We began the Friday before the Oregon order the following Tuesday. 20 days seems like such a long time. 20 days seems like this has gone so fast. 20 days is probably only a small portion of how long we will be doing this, of which we are still defining, for. 20 days of a new way of living seems like barely a beginning of a new life.

During the week the Oregon order was placed, Alex and I did a old fashioned cruise. We took our sedan out, turned on the tunes and went from theater to theater looking for messages. We wanted to know, what do you have to say right now? You have a rare space out this physical world we cannot go into socially and there you can communicate in written word. So analog.

Anyway, in conclusion, I’m still photographing but my subjects have changed. Below are four of Portland’s Movie Theaters, closed.

Hollywood Theater
“WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS.
PORTLAND!”
Laurelhurst Theater
“CLOSED FOR NOW,
STAY HEALTHY & WARM,
SUPPORT EACH OTHER,
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES”
Bagdad Theater
“THERE S NO PLACE
LIKE HOME”
Clinton Theater
“CLOSED TILL ???
BE KIND
STAY HEALTHY
DUMP TRUMP!!”

Rhythm on the Rails | Writing Retreat Sneak Peek

I’ve never been on a train. So when I had heard about a one day writing retreat by train from Portland’s Union Train Station to Seattle’s King Street Train Station I was really intrigued. The train went by way of the Amtrak Cascades route which is one the most beautiful train routes in the PNW and arguably the best in the nation. Just the type of place you’d want to be tucked in to work on a writing project, or at lease in my case, to write my wedding vows uninterrupted by my dogs and routine of daily life.

Johnnie Mazzacco is the brain’s behind the idea. Formed from her own experience of taking the train and finding the inspiring bubble the train provides decided to transport groups of writers to and from Seattle with a loose structure based on isolated time to write combined with a social lunch and artistic scavenger hunt at the Seattle Art Museum.

If you are looking to get yourself into a unique head space for writing her next retreat is in June. You can learn more here Rhythm on the Rails. And for fun, the reason I travel can be summed up in Jason Silva’s Why do we travel? video.

All aboard!
Rhythm on the Rails participant enjoying the expansive river views via Business Class.

Living History Portrait: Cece Otto

This year will mark the hundred year anniversary of when women receive the right to vote in the United States. Cece Otto is a living history singer with her new act focusing on the women’s suffrage centennial.

We made this portrait for her upcoming tour throughout the United States using in studio natural light.

She is wearing a custom made outfit with a suffrage sash and button as women did while protesting their right to vote.

Visit American Songline – Cecelia “Cece” Otto on FB or her website https://americansongline.com/ to learn more.

Event Photography: January Women with Moxie Mixer

Photography by Erica J Mitchell for Women with Moxie

Women with Moxie, a networking company, showcased it’s new location for the 2020 mixers they hold every other month. Learn more at www.womenwithmoxie.com

Women driven companies can present their business to the attendees and share what they do.

Each mixer has a Spotlight Raffler where for $1 per ticket you can have a chance to go on stage and give a one minute message.

Your host and company CEO Dill Ward.

January’s Mixer message was for the featured sponsors to share their hero story.

Entrepreneurs merging in the new event space to expand their reach, make partnerships, and friends on one stage.

Next Mixer at the Crown Plaza is in March, see you there!