Power House Project 2013

September 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

These photos are from an art jam I was privileged to be part of in 2013. The Estacada Arts Commission and PGE have coordinated this project for the last few years. 

The power house we photographed was at the North Fork dam. It was a lovely day in early spring, a group of 15 artists were let loose to wander, take photos or paint. It was a beautiful thing to be among so many talented people, working on the same location! We chatted about light, about the contrast of colors, the way the lines drew the eye, sharing what we saw.   

Corrosion

This was captured at the end of the day. We had been on the dam, in the powerhouse, around the grounds and viewed the fish sorting station. One of us had requested to return to the top of the dam to capture something he had missed. I thought it would be a good idea to return and see if I had missed something as well.

Looking over the edge, I noticed this rail. I loved the contrast of the rust on the paint & the lines of the spillway below.

Medium: Photograph on aluminum plate

Size: 24X16

Price $270

Wheels in the dark

Down a long staircase. Behind a lake, in a damp, dark hallway, there are doors leading to the turbines. The doors were very intriguing to look at, water pulsing through behind them & through the turbines. This is what I was thinking about while trying to capture this photo. I felt a bit like I was in a glass bubble right in front of tons of water. I did take my time and capture this though. It stands in the hallway.

I love the colors that long exposure will turn up. This was taken with a tri-pod and a flashlight in very near darkness. There were a few weak lights, but my camera couldn’t use them even to focus.   

Medium: Photograph on aluminum plate

Size 8X12

Price: $105

Workshop Still Life

I saw this bolt and surrounding washers, in the floor of the workshop area. It was just after having come up the stairs from the bottom of the dam. I was in a very thoughtful state of mind when I saw them. They seemed like they had been placed there and forgotten, very out of place in the tidy setting of the powerhouse. It seemed sad. Mounting it on aluminum seemed to be a good idea as it accents the metal tones of the washers and bolts.  

Medium: Photograph on aluminum plate

Size 8X8

Price: $95

 

 

The show has ended for these pieces and they will need a new home! Please let me know if you are interested!

 

 


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